According to a 2013 study, Chicago gunshot-wound victims more than five miles away from a trauma center were likelier to die. According to a Nation analysis of city data, nearly a fifth of Chicago residents live five or more miles away from a trauma center, most of them on the South Side. And between 2001 and 2013, more than a third of the city’s homicides and shootings have taken place more than five miles away from a trauma center.
Damian Turner was a victim of one of those shootings. A tall, charismatic teenager with a passion for video games and rapping, 18-year-old Turner had cofounded the grassroots activist group Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY). On August 15, 2010, he was shot in the back just after midnight at a South Side intersection. He was pronounced dead about an hour later, after an ambulance drove him to a downtown hospital.
Watch the video to learn about the fight to open a Level-I adult trauma center on the South Side, and visit TheNation.com/TraumaDeserts to read more.