Hundreds gathered in LOVE Park to remember the victims of gun violence

Kimberly Adams
March 24, 2019 - 8:49 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A second survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting has died in an apparent suicide, according to reports from the Miami Herald.

The February massacre sparked anti-gun rallies nationwide, and on Sunday a group gathered at LOVE Park to keep their fight alive.

"Gun violence is final for the victim, but it's not final for the families and loved that they leave behind," said Danielle Shaw Ogelsby.

Ogelsby says that she lost her daughter Dominque, a college senior, to gun violence a year ago.

"She was a month away from graduation," she said somberly.

The loss burning forever in her heart was on her mind, like hundreds of students and parents at LOVE Park taking part in the March for Our Lives Rally.

"We're really just trying to honor the victims of gun violence in Philly, while also honoring the Parkland victims and what the Parkland students have done this year," said event spokesperson Alex Franzino.

Roz Pichardo was on hand, like many, calling for stricter gun laws.

 "My sister who suffered from mental illness shouldn't have been able to have access to a gun,” she said. “My brother shouldn't have been murdered."

 Seventeen-year-old Ethan Block says he felt compelled to take action.

"If it can happen there, it can happen here, so I'm doing this because just because I don't want to be that face on the news -- a victim of a mass shooting,” he said.

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