At Vigil for Florida Shooting Victims, Those Closest to Attack Demand Strict Gun Control

A vigil for the 17 people who were killed in Wednesday’s shooting at a Florida high school was marked by anger and demands for policy changes as well as grief.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland broke out in chants of “No more guns!” echoing several calls by community members who have demanded reforms that could have kept alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz from obtaining the AR-15 that was used in the shooting.

Parents of students who were killed expressed shock that such an attack could happen in the Miami suburb—repeating sentiments heard after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 and the 185 other school shootings that have taken place since.

“Don’t tell me there’s no such thing as gun violence,” Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jamie was killed, said at the gathering. “It happened in Parkland… What is unfathomable is that Jamie took a bullet and is dead.”

Anthony Rizzo, a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs and a 2007 graduate of the school, was also among the speakers.