Christopher Underwood was only 5 years old when his older brother Akeal was shot on a Brooklyn street corner. Like Edna, the now-11-year-old boy said gun violence is an everyday concern, so much so that he believes he was robbed of a childhood.

“My brother survived for 14 days and died on his 15th birthday, July 10, 2012. At that time, I was only 5-years-old,” he said. “Senseless gun violence took away my childhood and nothing in my life was ever the same because I no longer have my best friend. Losing my brother gave me the courage to be a voice for my generation […] For me, I would like to not worry about dying, and focus on math and science and playing basketball with my friends. Don't I deserve to grow up?"