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SEATTLE – The Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement regarding the shooting death of Charleena Lyles. According to reports, 30-year-old Lyles was shot and killed in her apartment by two officers of the Seattle Police Department. Lyles, who was three months pregnant at the time, had called police to her apartment to report a burglary. In a statement, the department said Lyles “confronted” the officers with a knife.
STATEMENT FROM LAURA LATTA, VOLUNTEER WITH THE WASHINGTON CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Our hearts go out to the family and children of Charleena Lyles, who yesterday became one of the more than 90 Americans killed by gun violence every day. This tragic news reminds us that too many families have an empty chair at their table because of gun violence. It also reminds us that gun violence overall has a disproportionate impact on communities of color. We must work together to reduce gun violence in all of its forms, in all of our communities.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs