Lorna Francis (r.) is comforted by her friend, Valerie Spencer after her son was shot and killed by police.
Todd (l.) and Lance Feurtado preach a message of anti-violence as heads of the Kings Foundation. The brothers were once heads of the southeast Queens gang, Seven Crowns. Photo for TimesLedger Newspapers
A basketball court in Queensbridge Housing was decorated with candles in memory of Tayshana Murphy on the day of her funeral.
Darry Adams is pictured in his hospital bed in Jamaica Hospital after he was shot in July 2011. A shooting the following year took his life. Photo for TimesLedger Newspapers
Flowers, candles and other items mark the location where Gudelia Vallinas was shot and killed in Astoria, Queens in 2021.
Tony McFadden speaks about his slain son, Tony "Junior," 26, who was shot in the head at his doorstep in 2010. Photo for TimesLedger Newspapers
Workers from the NYC Medical Examiner's Office remove one of two bodies found in Howard Beach. Photo for TimesLedger Newspapers
Dozens of mourners surround Darryl Adams' family - mother Shanta Merritt and brothers Devante (third l., front) and Ronald (back in red shirt) - as they release balloons near to where he was killed in South Jamaica.
The female shooting victim is carried out on a stretcher by emergency responders.
Crime scene tape remains at the scene of where Mario Alberto Canton Quijada was killed in the Rockaways. Quijada's fellow MS-13 gang member, Carlos Ortega, was sentenced to life in prison for his murder and various other charges in 2014.
Activists Erica Ford and Ronald Merritt work in southeast Queens to reduce conflict leading to violence. Photo for TimesLedger Newspapers
Shenee Johnson speaks about her son Kedrick Ali Morrow, who was shot and killed in Springfield Gardens last year.
Shanta Merritt releases balloons in memory of her son, Darryl Adams, the morning he was to be buried.
Anthony Collao's father John (c.) is surrounded by friends and relatives at the memorial. Collao was beaten to death after teenagers mistakenly believed he was gay.
Talia McFadden lost her brother Tony in a fatal shooting.