Saturday, April 13, 2024

Thousands Attend Community Vigil to Honor Parkland Shooting Victims

The day after 17 students and teachers were killed during a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the community came together to grieve and remember the dead.

A vigil was held at the Parkland Amphitheater in Pine Trails Park, drawing thousands of people holding candles. Players from the Miami Dolphins football team attended, as well as local hero Anthony Rizzo, a Chicago Cubs first baseman who is an alumnus from the high school, who spoke before the crowd.

Here are the names of the deceased:

  • Carmen Schentrup, 16
  • Meadow Pollack, 18
  • Peter Wang, 15
  • Nicholas Dworet, 17
  • Christopher Hixon, 49
  • Aaron Feis, 37
  • Luke Hoyer, 15
  • Alaina Petty, 14
  • Jaime Guttenberg, 14
  • Martin Duque Anguiano, 14
  • Alyssa Alhadeff, 14
  • Helena Ramsay, 17
  • Scott Beigel, 35
  • Joaquin Oliver, 17
  • Cara Loughran, 14
  • Gina Montalto, 14
  • Alexander Schachter, 14

Here are some scenes from the memorial:







OneBlood put out a call for blood donors, especially O- blood types. For those wanting to help financially, the Broward Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a GoFundMe page hosted by the Broward Education Foundation is a legitimate fundraiser. GoFundMe has waived all fees, so 100 percent of donations will be going towards “relief and financial support” for the families impacted by the shooting.

(Vigil photo above courtesy of the Broward Sheriff’s Office)

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Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly is the former web editor at Boca magazine, where she enjoyed battling with web coding and community reporting—the more off beat, the better. An award-winning journalist, she is the president of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter and a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

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