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A Public Space That Commemorates Victims of Gun Violence

A memorial park planned for New Haven, Connecticut, will be both a place to grieve and a call to action.  
The half-acre garden will have walkways leading from the road to a quieter, more secluded area with views of a rock outcropping and the West River.
The half-acre garden will have walkways leading from the road to a quieter, more secluded area with views of a rock outcropping and the West River.Svigals + Partners

Just over two decades ago in New Haven, Connecticut, 20-year-old Gary Kyshon Miller lost his life when he was shot following a dispute with a friend. Afterwards, his mother, Marlene Miller Pratt, could often be found at the Marsh Botanical Garden on Yale University’s campus.

“I didn’t want to visit the cemetery, because it just reminds you of your loss,” she said. “I found an area with a small pond with fish and a waterfall, and it was so sweet. It became my place to grieve.”