I photographed this story for Modern Healthcare magazine, written by Bob Herman, as part of a special series on “The Other Victims of Gun Violence.”
For 36 years Gloria Hall has worked as a nurse at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital in one of the busiest trauma centers in the United States. She sees gunshot victims regularly. “I identify with a lot of these families,” she says, “because I’ve been there.” Her first-born son was conceived when Hall was raped as a teenager. Yet she loved him with everything in her soul. When he was 23 years old, he was shot and killed. That trauma has enabled Hall to connect with the many victims of gun violence who she sees come through Stroger Hospital.