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York City: Wear orange on Friday for Gun Violence Awareness

Jason Addy

York City officials will be wearing orange on Friday, and they are asking residents to do to the same in community observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

In this May 31, 2016 file photo, York City Mayor Kim Bracey sports a "Wear Orange" T-shirt, encouraging people to don the color in an effort to raise awareness about gun violence. (Sean Cotter/The York Dispatch.)

The “Wear Orange” project is part of a nationwide movement “to honor the more than 90 lives cut short and the hundreds more injured by gun violence every day — and to demand action,” the organization’s website states.

York City Mayor Kim Bracey will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday outside City Hall to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day in York City, according to a news release.

There were 67 shootings with victims in York City last year, seven of which resulted in death, according to Lt. Troy Bankert of the York City Police Department. In the first five months of 2017, there have been nine shootings, including four that were ruled homicides, Bankert said.

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City officials want community members to join them in wearing orange Friday “in support of common-sense solutions to end gun violence in our community and communities across the United States," the release states.

“I stand in solidarity with the Wear Orange project, encouraging our community to put an end to gun violence — the senselessness, pain and devastation that it has created in our York,” Bracey said in the release.

The Wear Orange project was started following the death of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old student in Chicago.

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A week before she was shot and killed in 2013, Pendleton performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration parade, according to the organization’s website. Her friends wore orange in her honor after her death.

More information about the Wear Orange project and National Gun Violence Awareness Day can be found here: