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.”