>> Every day at school, Zion Kelly walks past his brother's empty school locker at Thurgood Marshall Academy. It now serves as the makeshift memorial adorned with messages from grieving students. Zaire Kelly was 16 years old when he was shot in the head and killed during an attempted robbery in their Washington DC neighborhood last September.
Since then Zion has made it his mission to call for stricter gun control, sharing the story of his brother's death at the March For Our Lives rally in March.>> He was still able to obtain a gun illegally, and lurk in my streets and take my brother's life.
They shot my brother in the head, when we were->>
The debate on tougher gun laws has been thrust back into the spotlight with mass school shootings happening at an alarming rate. But communities of color have largely been left out of the conversation, Zion wants to change that.
>> Students just like me face gun violence a lot more than students in Parkland, and a lot of people understood that and they wanted to hear my story. And see a different side of the conversation.>> According to gun control advocacy group, Every Town, black men are 13 times more likely to be killed by firearms than those who are white.
Zion's brother is one of two students at Thurgood Marhsall Academy who were shot and killed in the past year. Now Zion's family is taking matters into their own hands.>> I'm using my life, and my love for my brother to call for action. My family is proposing the Zaire Kelly Public Safety Zone Amendments Act of 2018.
>> That bill aims to increase protection for students traveling to and from school, and calls for adding more gun free zones.>> I think my brother would be very proud of me. I just wanted to try to do something for him so I can make change.>> Zion will be graduating high school in a few weeks and plans on going to college in Florida.