Community Mourns At Candlelight Vigil After Deadly School Shooting : The Two-WayThousands gathered at a local park, some chanting "no more guns," amid tearful remembrances of the 17 students and staff killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
"This is our home and this is where we will not be intimidated by evil," senior class president Julia Cordover said after reading the names of the 17 people killed as others observed a moment of silence.
"We need to come together and be there for each other," she said.
Parkland City Commissioner Grace Solomon told the crowd that she planned to go to the state capital, Tallahassee, next week and invited others to join her to press for action on guns.
"And we need every mom and every dad and every kid to show up there and stand together. Not just Parkland. I mean everyone. I mean the parents of Sandy Hook. It's time to say enough. This is enough," Solomon said to applause.
One attendee, freshman Hunter Frybergh, 14, said he survived the attack by hiding in a closet at the school.
"I can't get a shake out of my voice ... I [had a] nightmare last night where the shooter had a gun to my head," he tells North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann. "I just stared at my wall all night."
Even so, Hunter's father, Jason Frybergh, said he thinks it is too late for new gun restrictions to work.
"The AR-15s are out there, the ammunition is out there, the crazy people are out there," he told NPR. "This is the society we live in and we just have to get more diligent about protecting our citizens and it's not a joke."
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who grew up in Parkland and was a 2007 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, spoke at the event.
"I played on those fields, I went to those classes. I studied in those classrooms. The same school we saw on videos yesterday for all the wrong reasons," he said, his voice quavering with emotion.
"I'm only who I am because of this community," he said. "I want you to know that you're not alone in your grief. We're all grieving with you — the entire country is grieving with you."
In a tweet on Thursday, Rizzo said: " [O]ur country is in desperate need for change. I hope In this darkest of times back home this brings everyone together and we can find love. You're all in my prayers."
Parkland and Coral Springs please stay strong! This is out of control and and our country is in desperate need for change. I hope In this darkest of times back home this brings everyone together and we can find love. You’re all in my prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻