Quantcast

Many turn their grief into calls for action following school shooting

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 9:31 AM Updated:

"I want you to know you are not alone in your grief. We are all grieving with you. The entire country is grieving with you," said a visibly shaken Anthony Rizzo, star of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and Douglas High School graduate.

A sea of candlelight flooded a park as thousands gathered to remember the 17 lives lost in Wednesday's massacre.

"I sent her to school yesterday. She was supposed to be safe. My job is to protect my children. Don't tell me there's no such thing as gun violence. It happened in Parkland," said Jaime Guttenberg's father at Thursday's vigil.

Parents held their children close as students reunited a day after the shooting. In the wake of the tragedy, many are turning their grief into calls for action.

"This shouldn't be a fight between two different parties," said one Douglas student. "It should be a coming together where we all realize something is wrong."

"This happens over and over. And people are dying. It seems like it doesn't matter," said a Douglas High senior. "What are thoughts and prayers going to do when people are already dead?"

Authorities are digging deeper into the killer's past. New documents obtained by CNN show that police visited the killer's family home 39 times since 2010. Calls included domestic disturbance and mentally ill person.

One neighbor said he knew Nikolas Cruz had moved because the police stopped showing up at the house.

The-CNN-Wire

™ & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.