Today, on the six month anniversary of the October 27 shooting, Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence hosted Looking Back, Marching Forward. This event honored the 11 victims of the tragedy as their names were read by family members and members of the three congregations affected. Daniel Leger, a survivor spoke powerfully about how each and every shooting, from Columbine to Newtown to Aurora to Pittsburgh and now Poway, should have been enough, more than enough. Legislators and faith and community leaders also spoke to the approximately 350 people at the event. We then marched, while singing and chanting, to Schenley Park to plant a black locust tree. This tree, symbolizes life and the future, the choice of our community to move forward towards action. Action that may prevent other communities from experiencing the devastation that ours has faced.
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