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Street Medicine by Justin Merriman

Faith Rally by Justin Merriman

 People gather for the 'Faith Rally for Justice 4 Antwon’ on Sunday, July 1, 2018 in East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. The region has seen days of protests since the June 19 shooting death of Antwon Rose II by East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld who opened fire when the 17-year-old fled a traffic stop. Rosfeld is facing a criminal homicide charge.

People gather for the 'Faith Rally for Justice 4 Antwon’ on Sunday, July 1, 2018 in East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. The region has seen days of protests since the June 19 shooting death of Antwon Rose II by East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld who opened fire when the 17-year-old fled a traffic stop. Rosfeld is facing a criminal homicide charge. 

A Family's Fears by Justin Merriman

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People Call for Justice for Antwon by Justin Merriman

People take to the streets of Pittsburgh in the days following the police killing of an unarmed black male. 17-year-old Antwon Rose II was shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 after the vehicle he was riding in was stopped by police. Rose, a passenger in the car, fled the vehicle during the traffic stop, and was shot three times by Officer Michael Rosfeld who has been charged with criminal homicide. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images) 

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Mass Shooting at Pennsylvania Car Wash by Justin Merriman

Family members and friends console each other near Ed's Car Wash where four people were found dead and one injured after a shooting early Sunday morning on January 28, 2018 in Melcroft, Pennsylvania. See more images at Getty Images. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Westboro Baptist Church Protest by Justin Merriman

A person is tackled by Pittsburgh Police after he rushed a member of the Westboro Baptist Church and ripped a sign out of their hands as they demonstrated near Carnegie Mellon University on Thursday in Pittsburgh.  

Eid al-Fitr by Justin Merriman

Eheze Hassani, 8, of Sharpsburg, Pa., sits in a chair as she waits for the prayer to begin during an Eid al-Fitr celebration, which marks the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Young boys wait for the beginning of a prayer during an Eid al-Fitr celebration, which marks the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Aya Attal, 17, of Crafton, Pa., hugs a friend at an Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

(left to right) Omar Sultan, 21, Majeed Hawsawi, 27, and Sultan Alsaykhan, 22, take a selfie together as they join hundreds of Pittsburgh muslims to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Women stand in prayer during an Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pa. More images at Getty Images

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

Monet Spencer by Justin Merriman

Monet Spencer, 18, smiles as she is photographed in her Hill District apartment. Spencer was left homeless after her mother passed away in February 2016, leaving her and her twin brother to care for themselves. Spencer now lives on her own, in a subsidized apartment. Spencer attends Brashear High School and was recently accepted to Carlow University.

Monet Spencer, 18, walks from Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5 after tutoring young elementary students on February 13, 2017.  Thirty percent of Spencer's salary from her tutoring job helps pay for her apartment at Action Housing's My Place, which provides housing and intensive case management services to young people who have aged out of the foster care system in Allegheny County and are either homeless or at risk homelessness.

Monet Spencer reads to elementary students at Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5 on Feb. 8, 2017. She tutors at the school Mondays though Thursdays for a job through the Neighborhood Learning Alliance. 

Monet Spencer looks at a game with Tya Carter, 10, as Aminyah Dooley, 5, looks on after an after-school tutoring session at Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5. Spencer earns about $100 every two weeks from the tutoring job. She pays $50 a month in rent.

Monet Spencer, 18, left, sits with her best friend, Maya Smallwood, 18, at her North Side home where Maya and her mother took Spencer in to live after her mother died and she was left homeless. 

This is Monet Spencer's home. Here, she's looking through videos on her computer. She uses her phone to connect to the Internet through a hotspot. Spencer and her twin brother were considered homeless after their mother died. Spencer eventually acquired an apartment through ACTION-Housing's MyPlace Youth program. "It was the happiest day of my life," Spencer says about getting her own apartment.

Monet Spencer, 18, plays her flute during her band class at Brashear High School on February 16, 2017.  

Even after losing her mother and becoming homeless, Monet Spencer continued to make it to classes at Brashear High School. She was recently accepted to Carlow University.

Monet Spencer, 18, works on a computer during a study hall at Brashear High School on February 16, 2017.  

Monet Spencer, 18, walks home from her job tutoring at Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5 in Pittsburgh's Hill District on February 13, 2017.  

Monet Spencer, 18, was left homeless after her mother passed away in February 2016, leaving her and her twin brother to care for themselves. Spencer now lives on her own, in a subsidized apartment. Spencer attends Brashear High School and was recently accepted to Carlow University. You can read Monet's story at PublicSource.

Sabrina by Justin Merriman

Sabrina Snyder, 9, coaxes her hamster out of its cage in the bedroom of her Brookline home as her bother, Miles, 5, stands by on Monday, January 30, 2017. Sabrina was mauled by a Rottweiler in Aug. 2014, leaving her with several physical injuries as well as emotional scars from the incident. 

Sabrina Snyder, 9, draws as her brother, Miles, 5, and sister, Gabby, 10, look at their pet hamster.

A journal written by Sabrina after she was mauled by a Rottweiler in Aug. 2014.

Sabrina, second from left, sits at her dinner table with her siblings, from left, Miles, 5, Gabby, 10, and McKenzie, 5.

Sabrina sits at the dining room table of her home. 

Sabrina, right, sits on her swing with her sister, Gabby, 10,

Sabrina Snyder, 9, of Brookline was mauled by a Rottweiler in Aug. 2014, leaving her with several physical injuries as well as emotional scars from the incident. Read more about Sabrina and her story in PublicSource.

Indigenous PeopleS' Day by Justin Merriman

Vanessa German of Homewood, center, joins a march celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in Oakland on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. 

Rhianna Powell, 23, of the South Side, holds a sign during the rally at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park.

Johnny Creed Coe, a Native American and traditional sun dancer, burns sage during the rally at the statue.

Johnny Creed Coe burns sage.

Jayne May-Stim, 19, of Greenfield reacts to a speaker at a rally for Indigenous Peoples Day at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The rally called attention to "Indigenous Peoples' Day," a day many mark to honor the culture and history of Indigenous people rather than Columbus.