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How These Women Turned Their Pain into Purpose to Get Guns Off the Street

Updated: Nov 24, 2018

PEOPLE MAGAZINE October 29, 2016



From left: Judy Rose, Shante Leathers and Ruth Rollins | David Yellen

Ruth Rollins’ 21-year-old son, Danny, had a loyal and loving heart, just like his mother, and a young daughter who “was his life.”


But Ruth, 54, knew he also sometimes ran with a violent street crowd in the Roxbury area of Boston.


When Danny was found shot to death in 2007, in a still-unsolved slaying, Ruth felt judged by some, as if her son’s behavior had put him in the line of fire. “It’s like our babies don’t matter, but all babies matter,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday.

“I wanted to be part of the solution.”

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