A candlelight vigil being held for 17 Florida school shooting victims

Published On February 16, 2018 | By Christina Cummins | Crime, News

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People attend a candlelight vigil for victims of yesterday’s shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A candlelight vigil held for the 17 victims that were killed by a teenage gunman in Florida on Thursday.

It was the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

Within only 10 minutes, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, opened fire with an armed semiautomatic AR-15 rifle inside five classrooms on the first and second floors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

 The Young Survivors’ Voice

The vigil was held near the high school where mourners lit candles to remember the victims.

“I’m a little bit distraught, I sort of, can’t really wrap my finger around it, exactly what happened,” 17-year-old student Colin Obrien told Reuters.

“I’m just sad to see most of my friends are on that stage right now. They are gone, the coach is gone. It’s so sad.”

Other students shared their horrible experience  on Twitter.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting, spoke about his suffering.

“I sent her to school yesterday,” said Guttenberg in the vigil.  “She was supposed to be safe. My job is to protect my children and I sent my kid to school. What is unfathomable is that Jaime took a bullet and is dead. I don’t know what I do next. My wife is home. We are broken… Don’t tell me there’s no such thing as gun violence.”


Nikolas Cruz’s Confession

Cruz appeared in court Wednesday and was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

He confessed to carrying out one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings, according to a sheriff’s department report released Thursday.

Nikolas Cruz (C) appears via video monitor with Melisa McNeill (R), his public defender, at a bond court hearing after being charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Susan Stocker/Pool

According to officials, the suspect dropped his an AR-15 rifle and backpack on the third floor after killing 17 people.

The sheriff said that Cruz fled, hid in a crowd of students at the high school, and later visited a Wal-Mart and McDonald’s.

About 40 minutes later, he was taken into custody.


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