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Street Medicine by Justin Merriman

Guns in America by Justin Merriman

 Bill Perkins of Gibsonia, Pa., stands with his wife, Marilyn Boulet, as they carry their AR-15 style rifles at a rally to support Martin Palla and gun rights on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in the courtyard of the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg, Pa. Palla, a Rostraver Township police officer, came under intense criticism when he stood across the street from the March 23rd March for Our Lives rally with an AR-15 style rifle.

Bill Perkins of Gibsonia, Pa., stands with his wife, Marilyn Boulet, as they carry their AR-15 style rifles at a rally to support Martin Palla and gun rights on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in the courtyard of the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg, Pa. Palla, a Rostraver Township police officer, came under intense criticism when he stood across the street from the March 23rd March for Our Lives rally with an AR-15 style rifle.

Great-Grandparent Caregiver by Justin Merriman

Read more about Patricia and her raising her great-grandchildren in the Arizona Daily Star

The Death of Nyia Page by Justin Merriman

Darlene Scott, 33, weeps as she talks about the loss of her 23-month-old daughter, Nyia, at her home on Feb. 25, 2018, in Duquesne, Pa. 

Nyia's body was found frozen to the ground in an abandoned playground in Rankin on Feb. 4, 2007, a day after her parents reported her missing. Police found her footprints in the snow near where they found her body. Her father, William Page, was found guilty of sexually assaulting her and leaving her to die. He was sentenced to life in prison. Nyia's death is still felt throughout the communities of Rankin and Braddock. To read more about Nyia's story visit the Post-Gazette.

Life Beneath Powerplants by Justin Merriman

I spent several days traveling around Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia for Bloomberg and ran across Aaron Schissler, 8, as he jumps on his trampoline at his home near FirstEnergy’s Bruce Mansfield Power Plant on Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Shippingport, Pa. You can see more of my images from this shoot at Bloomberg

Pittsburgh's Strip District by Justin Merriman

Stephanie Strasburg and I recently took our Pittsburgh Filmmakers documentary photography class for a photo walk through Pittsburgh's Strip District. These are a few of the images that I made on the walk. 

Along the Promenade by Justin Merriman

Daren Johnson, 64, busks on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 along the promenade of the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall in Winchester, Va. Johnson, a retired school teacher and former supporter of Hillary Clinton, is exhausted by recent elections, but will vote in the upcoming gubernatorial election. Being uninsured and relying on a free healthcare clinic he cares deeply about the state of healthcare in America. Read more about this story in The New York Post

Dezmaire Baker by Justin Merriman

Dezmaire Baker, 17, gave birth to her son in eighth grade and is now a sophomore at Woodland Hills High School. Her son, Dorian, has just celebrated his second birthday.

Dezmaire Baker sits on the couch watching her 2-year-old son, Dorian, play at her family's Braddock home. Dezmaire gave birth to Dorian when she was in eighth grade.

Dorian, 2, plays with a flashlight at his Braddock home on Feb. 28, 2017.

Dorian Baker, 2, stands in the doorway of his Braddock home on Feb. 28, 2017. 

Dezmaire Baker, 17, poses for a portrait at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit in Homestead on Feb. 16, 2017.

Ronnika Baker, 36, holds her grandson, Dorian, 2, in the dining room of their Braddock home on Feb. 28, 2017.

Dorian Baker, 2, lays on the ground and laughs at a family gathering to celebrate his 2nd birthday at his Braddock home on April 3, 2017.

Dezmaire Baker, 17, helps her son, Dorian, 2, to ride a scooter along the sidewalk in front of their Braddock home on April 3, 2017.

Ronnika Baker, 36, holds her grandson, Dorian, 2, as she sits on the porch of their Braddock home on April 3, 2017.

Dezmaire participates in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Project ELECT Program, which helps low-income pregnant teens and teen parents focus on education, training and employment goals. Here, her son, Dorian, looks out the window at his grandmother, Ronnika Baker, 36, at their Braddock home.

As the family gathered for her son's second birthday, Dezmaire Baker watched after him and stood near the edge of the sidewalk to stop Dorian from running into the street.

Dezmaire gave birth in eighth grade. As a teen mom in Pittsburgh, she’s fighting to beat the odds and graduate. Read her story at PublicSource

Hot Weather by Justin Merriman

United States Postal Service mail carrier Sue Mulkern takes a break along her mail route to cool off in four-year-old Destiney Dixon's pool in front of her home along Boyle Street on the North Side of Pittsburgh. "Everyday she waits for me," said Mulkern, "and today she asked me to take off my shoes and socks and get in and I said I think I will." Temperatures reached 90 degrees across the region and left many people to find some means of staying cool.