Teens Plan Vigil for Shooting Victims

By Katharine DeRosa

In response to the fatal shooting of more than 30 people in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, over the weekend, Tuscarora High School Students Kaylynn Breland, Daniella Marx, Nica Tran, and Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk are planning a community vigil to honor the victims.

The “Vigil for Unity” will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 on the green in front of the Leesburg Town Hall at 25 W. Market St. There will be live music, as Breland, Marx and Tran and all members of the Tuscarora Young Democrats Club will be speaking.

The teens said they organized the event because oftheir concerns for the future.

“We will not let these acts go unnoticed just because our generation has become desensitized,” Breland said.

Marx said there is a frustration with the lack of power that teens feel they have in the gun violence conversation. “This event is a medium in which our voices can be heard,” she said.

Although the teens plan to press for policy change in the future, Breland said, “In the present moment, our communities need to grieve the many lives lost to gun violence.”

2 thoughts on “Teens Plan Vigil for Shooting Victims

  • 2019-08-06 at 5:34 pm
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    Let’s put this in perspective, 1500 people have been shot by gang members with illegal guns in Chicago since January and just this weekend 46 people were shot & 7 died. Where’s the media and public outrage with this horrific situation? Moreover, in a 48 hour period 500 people will die due to medical errors, 200 in car accidents; but those aren’t as dramatic…Unfortunately, mass public shootings have occurred under Clinton, both Bush’s, Obama and now Trump. It isn’t the inanimate object that is the problem, it is the mental stability of the user.

  • 2019-08-07 at 10:22 am
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    These young students, who are engaged and active in the community, feel moved to act in response to recent current events. While the statistics you cite are certainly problematic, you are using them to undermine the impact of these students’ civic engagement. Please do not diminish their actions with straw man arguments and false equivalents.

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