A generation of activists created by gun violence

(CNN)About 88 Americans are killed every day by guns, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their deaths leave countless family members behind. Some grieve quietly, but others have turned their energy into activism. Many of the vocal survivors being organized under the umbrella of a network called Everytown for Gun Safety.

Many of the group's members visited Washington, D.C., this week for President Barack Obama's announcement of new executive actions on gun control. They will also be in the audience for CNN's "Guns in America" forum on Thursday. CNN sat down with some of the survivors to hear how gun violence changed their lives and why they now channel their energies into activism.
Cynthia Dawkins
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Cynthia Dawkins' youngest son, Timothy, was caught in the crossfire and killed during a shooting in Southeast Washington, D.C., in 2013.
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Richard Martinez's son, Christopher, was one of six people killed in 2014 near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara. Martinez now works as a Senior Associate at Everytown for Gun Safety.
Jillian Soto
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Jillian Soto's sister, Victoria, was a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was killed shielding her students.
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Coni Sanders' father, Dave, was the teacher and girls' basketball coach killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Sanders now works with domestic violence offenders.
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Dave Hoover's nephew, Alexander "AJ" Boik, was shot and killed during the Aurora movie theater shooting in Colorado in 2012. Hoover is a law-enforcement officer, hunter and gun owner.
Lucy McBath
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Lucy McBath's son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in 2012 during an argument over loud music in Jacksonville, Florida. McBath now works as the Faith and Outreach Coordinator for Everytown for Gun Safety.
Jenna Yuille
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Jenna Yuille is the daughter of Cindy Yuille, who was killed in a mall in Clackamas, Oregon, in 2012.
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Sara Kerai's husband survived the shooting at Washington's Navy Yard in 2013. She works as a bereavement counselor.