PHOENIX – More than 100 people on Monday lit candles and silently placed flowers outside the Arizona Capitol to memorialize the eight students and two teachers gunned down Friday at Santa Fe High School near Galveston, Texas.
The families, students, activists and faith leaders stood as high school students took turns describing 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, who attends Metro Tech in Phoenix.
March for Our Lives Arizona, a student-led group that demands greater protections against 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,” said Harb, who attends Mountain View High in Mesa.
The students also called on Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special session of the Legislature to address gun violence.
“Something I would tell (the victims and their families) is that this is not over,” Martinez told the crowd. “(I would tell them) to continue with life. To have faith. And to take action.”
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