Ellen O’Brien

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Students gather to remember victims of Texas school shooting

PHOENIX – More than 100 people on Monday lit candles and silently placed flowers outside the Arizona State Capitol to memorialize the eight students and two teachers killed at Santa Fe High School in Texas last Friday.

The families, students, activists and faith leaders stood as high school students took turns describing the the victims.

“I get to speak for them. I get to let others know who they were and how beautiful they are, because they’re so beautiful,” said Yamile Martinez, one of the high school students who spoke on Monday.

March for Our Lives Arizona, a student-led group that protests gun violence, organized the vigil. Jordan Harb, the group’s executive director, said he knew what it was like to be one of those students at Santa Fe.

“I have a personal connection to them because I go to school, and I’m scared,” Harb said.

Martinez and other students also called on Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special session of the Arizona Legislature to address gun violence.

“Something I would tell (the victims and their families) is that this is not over,” Martinez said. “(I would tell them) to continue with life. To have faith. And to take action.”

[2up_image-standard source2=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MarchforOurLives_Rally-1-800.jpg” caption2=”Itzel Valenzuela waits for sunset to hold vigil for the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting. (Photo by Ellen O’Brien/Cronkite News)” source1=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MarchforOurLives_Rally-2-800.jpg” caption1=”Abby Rosenbaum, 9, and Andrew Rosenbaum, 12, listen as local faith leaders call for action against gun violence in schools. (Photo by Ellen O’Brien/Cronkite News)”]

Jordan Harb, executive director of March for Our Lives Arizona, lights a candle at the vigil he and fellow students organized. “I have a personal connection to (the victims) because I go to school, and I’m scared,” Harb said. (Photo by Ellen O’Brien/Cronkite News)

[2up_image-standard source1=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MarchforOurLives_Rally-3-800.jpg” caption1=”More than 100 people gathered at the Arizona State Capitol on Monday to commemorate the victims of the Texas shooting. (Photo by Ellen O’Brien/Cronkite News)” source2=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MarchforOurLives_Rally-6-800.jpg” caption2=”Claire Wiener sits by the memorial for victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting. The flowers were later donated to a local hospital. (Photo by Ellen O’Brien/Cronkite News)”]

Andrew Rosenbaum, 12, relights a candle that was blown out by the wind. (Photo by Ellen O’Brien/Cronkite News)

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