After being senselessly gunned down, a 20-year-old man who was trying to break the cycle of violence that left him fatherless as a child has left behind his own 1-year-old son.
Nasir Stewart was shot “multiple times” by an unknown gunman around 6:30 p.m., according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.
On the 100 block of E Commons St. in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
His death has no suspects and no apparent motive.
Stewart is being remembered as an anti-violence ambassador in Pittsburgh and across the country in the aftermath of the senseless shooting.
After his father and grandmother were both murdered, he took on the mission to end gun violence, according to KDKA.
Stewart won first place in a competition among students from more than 40 Pittsburgh schools in 2015 for an essay about ways to end violence.
Dwayne Woodruff, chair of the “Do The Write Thing Campaign” that honored Stewart, had this to say about the young man’s tragic death:
“To learn about what happened to him, especially after he wrote such an essay, and to learn that he died as a result of violence is not only ironic, but sad.”
Judge Woodruff told KDKA, “Our hearts and prayers are with his family.”
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Stewart gained national attention as a result of his writings and life lessons, which he used to present his views on youth violence to the secretary of education, members of Congress, and the attorney general, according to KDKA.
“We need to love God, love ourselves, and respect others to make the world a better place and to bring it closer to heaven than hell,” Stewart said in the final line of his essay.
Stewart leaves behind a 1-year-old son, just as his own father did when he died in a car accident as an infant,…
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