More than 200 children and teenagers in NC have been shot and killed since 2014 in Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem & other areas. Here are reasons why, and what is being done to stop it.

Virginia Bridges covers criminal justice in Orange and Durham counties for The Herald-Sun and The News & Observer. She has worked for newspapers in Florida, Alabama and North Carolina for more than 15 years. In 2017, the N.C. Press Association awarded her first place for beat feature reporting.