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Gun Buyback Program To Memorialize Fatally Shot 14-Year-Old in Jamaica

 A gun buyback program to honor Jamaica shooting victim.
Jamaica Gun Buyback Program To Be Held This Summer
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QUEENS — A gun buyback program will be held in memory of a 14-year old girl who died after being shot on a city bus last month, the Queens Borough President’s office announced Wednesday.

The gun buyback event will be held on June 29, six weeks after D’aja Robinson was shot to death on a Q6 bus on her way home from a Sweet 16 party.

The buyback will take place at New Jerusalem Baptist Church on Smith Street in South Jamaica.

The location was chosen in part because it’s about half a mile from where the May 18 shooting took place, said Michael Scholl, a spokesman for Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, whose office put in $50,000 to support the program.

Those who drop off working handguns or assault rifles will receive a $200 bank card. For rifles, shotguns and air pistols, they will get a $20 bank card. Weapons will be accepted with no questions asked.

The event, as reported by the Daily News, is co-sponsored by the NYPD and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

During a previous gun buyback program, which was held in Jamaica in June of last year, 55 firearms were turned in, including 35 revolvers, 19 semiautomatics and one rifle, Scholl said.

The gun buyback program will be held at New Jerusalem Baptist Church at 122-05 Smith St. in South Jamaica on June 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.