DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) — The size and scope of the Durham Homicide and Victims of Violent Death Quilt can take your breath away when you see it in unfurled in the McDougald Terrace community.
Displayed on the multicolored patchwork patterns are nearly 700 names.
The vivid commemoration of lives lost in Durham began in 1994.
That’s when two men involved in a chase through the now demolished Few Gardens community fired shots that killed little Shaquanna Atwater as she played outside her home.
She was just two years old when she died.
Jeffery Simmons lives in McDougald Terrace and feels enough is enough.
“Two years old to even the oldest person… Just for the names to be on there, it’s a sad thing to even think about,” said Simmons
Simmons is one of the adults coaching and mentoring youngsters in that community, urging them to be smart and avoid potential trouble in the streets.
Durham County Commissioner Brenda Howerton is another person familiar with the cost of violence.
“What I know is, parents never, never get over that kind of pain,” Howerton said. “You learn to live through it but it’s not something you never get past.