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Gun violence roundtable features Wizards, Mystics

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ASHINGTON — Just a few blocks away from the Wizards and Mystics practice facility in Southeast Washington, Monte Morris, Anthony Gill and Natasha Cloud took their seats around the podium Monday night at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center to participate in an hour-long roundtable on gun violence in D.C. The microphone was passed from right to left, as everyone shared their own experiences with gun violence.

The panel began with heartbreaking accounts from two D.C. mothers whose children were shot and killed in separate incidents. The mothers, Sandra Gliss and Crystal McNeal, recalled in detail how the tragedies unfolded and the grief they still feel years later.

As they spoke, Cloud and Morris bowed their heads in tears. Gill stared in contemplative thought, his daughter and wife sitting nearby in the front row.

The Wizards and Mystics were there to show their support and to amplify voices in the local community calling for change and action as D.C. is on pace to experience more homicides than the previous year for the fifth straight time.

“To hear the stories from the two women that lost their kids, I have three kids. That impacts me more than anybody could ever imagine,” Gill said.

Each of the athletes […]

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