Traverse City Vigil for 1999 Columbine Shooting Victims

Victims of the Columbine shooting are back in headlines 19 years later in honor of the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence.

Communities nation-wide are making demonstrations and holding discussions, including people in Traverse City at the Open Space.

They passed out 13 candles in memory of the 13 victims of the shooting on April 20 on 1999.

Everyone paused for a moment of silence, followed by a discussion on gun reform and ending gun violence.

Organizer of the event, Sara Potter, says gun violence shouldn’t still be happening in schools present-day.

“First and foremost, it’s still happening, and it shouldn’t be happening anymore,” she says. “We owe it to our children to be able to look them in the eye and tell them they’re safe and that we’ve done everything that we can to make sure when they walk out the door when they go to the school when they go to the movies that they’re safe.”