Friday, November 27

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Gun Violence, Life, Lower Ninth Ward, new orleans, Shamarr Allen

Musician exchanges guns for trumpets in effort to keep streets safe

A New Orleans musician is trading trumpets in exchange for guns, following the murder of a 9-year-old boy, WVUE reports.On July 13, Shamarr Allen, a trumpeter from the Lower Ninth Ward, put out an open call on his Instagram, asking those in New Orleans to swap their guns out for the musical instrument.“To all the youth in New Orleans, bring me a gun and I’ll give you a trumpet no questions asked,” he wrote. “I’m doing this until I run out of trumpets.”Allen’s announcement comes in the wake of the death of Devante Bryant, who was killed in a triple shooting that injured two other teenagers that same day. Family members described the 9-year-old as someone who loved to play sports and use TikTok.“I have a 9-year-old son and I grew up in that environm...