This is the third in a four-part series:

Monique Reed points to an unassuming residential block in Louisville’s Shawnee neighborhood. There, in March, her then-13-year-old son, Tay, and his friend were shot as they walked to a restaurant.

Violent acts have shaped the lives of many people, especially those of African-American men. In the 1985 Heckler Report, homicide was listed as the leading cause of death for black males ages 15 to 44. And 30 years later, it’s the No.1 cause of death for black men ages 15 to 34.

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