Inner City Innovators founder’s fight to end gun violence gets personal

Ricky Aiken has dedicated his life to ending gun violence in inner-city West Palm Beach and he now knows exactly what it’s like to get a phone call saying a family member has been shot.

“I don’t want anyone to have to feel what it’s like to lose or possibly lose someone to gun violence,” Aiken said.

Kelvin McCray was released from the hospital Thursday after spending a week and a half there, recovering from being shot on Dec. 2 in his garage in a gated community off Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

“Hooked up to a ventilator, face swelling, his mouth is wired shut,” Aiken said.

McCray, Aiken’s oldest brother, was part of Aiken’s inspiration for starting Inner City Innovators, which aims to end youth gun violence.

“He’d always tell me that if he had someone like me in his life when he was younger, his life would’ve been totally different,” he said.

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