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Artists Across the Tube Remember Young Lives Lost to Gun Violence on Both Sides of the River


ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – Artists across the subway document the young lives lost to gun violence on both sides of the river.

“It’s an image of innocence. It could have been a doctor, a politician, or the next president of the United States. We’ll never know,” says artist David Ottinger.

Ottinger paints a portrait in memory of 4-year-old Michael Goodlow III of St. Charles. Michael was killed by a stray bullet while visiting family in St. Louis on July 4, 2020.

“His life was shortened just because we have all these guns on the street,” says Ottinger. We all lose because it’s a life lost.

Faces Not Forgotten is a non-profit organization tasked with putting the names to the faces of the city’s youngest murder victims. The project aims to raise awareness of gun violence while providing artwork to grieving families.

The organization painted and sewed the faces of 100 children killed on the subway onto a quilt and sewed a patch in their memory.

“There will be no kids, no grandkids, no proms, no dances, none of that,” Ottinger said. “

St. Louis Children’s Hospital told News 4 it has treated 142 children for gunshot wounds since January of this year.

Three children were shot dead in November. The youngest victim was a 3-year-old boy after getting his hands on a loaded gun and accidentally shooting himself.

“This violence knows no race or creed. It’s all of us.

Faces like Michael Goodlow III, artists like Ottinger say they can’t forget but must remember.

“Emotionally, it can get tough,” he says. I spent so much time with him, and his image is etched in my brain. In 10 years, I will see this face.

Once the painting is finished, it will be framed and given to the family of the 4-year-old child.

For more information on Faces Not Forgotten, visit facesnotforgotten.org


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