Albany vigil remembers Texas school shooting victims

May 21, 2018 11:45 PM

ALBANY - A group of people in Albany were getting together to hold a vigil for the victims of Friday's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Ten people were killed and several wounded when a gunman opened fire.

This vigil has been organized by Capital Region students from March for Our Lives Albany, who has been very active with more than a dozen high schools in the county. They say they rally and march in an effort to stop gun violence and keep the awareness and conversation going.

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The vigil is meant to honor the eight students and two teachers killed by a fellow 17-year-old student. Police say the suspect carried out the attack with a shotgun and a handgun -- both taken from his father -- after planting explosive devices inside the high school.

The massacre is the deadliest attack since a teenage gunman killed 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Florida.

The victims of this latest shooting are being remembered and hailed as heroes as once again the national debate over gun control takes center stage.

Organizers for March For Our Lives had been planning various school walkouts like the one held after Parkland and on the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, but once this shooting took place they said something needed to be done fast, so they chose the park as a central meeting spot and 6 p.m. as the start time to allow people from work and school to attend.


Karen Tararache

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