The second edition of portraits illuminating the lives of those lost or tragically altered due to gun violence premiered last Friday night at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. There was a crowd of over 200 attendees and an inspiring program of speakers including Diamond Santiago, a brave teen who is struggling with the lingering effects of her own gunshot wounds, the always motivational Movita Johnson-Harrell, Senator Art Haywood, and the spoken word artists Lindo Yes. The crowd was energized and we can actually be optimistic about our ability to change this pattern of violence and work towards a cure for this epidemic. The portraits this year are as diverse in approach and style as the beautiful souls they represent. Many thanks to the artists for their dedication and gift of their talents and to the families who bravely shared their grief with us.