Hundreds attend vigil for Florida school shooting victims

Hundreds of people attended a vigil for the 17 victims of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida.

The Thursday night vigil began with a moment of silence for those slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Audible sobs rose from the crowd as the names of victims were read.

Dressed in the school’s colours, some held flowers while others wielded signs asking for action to fight school violence, including gun control. Members of the crowd spontaneously started shouting “no more guns, no more guns” at one point.

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The vigil began with a moment of silence for those slain. Audible sobs rose from the crowd as the names of victims were read. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with murder in the attack.

Among the dead were a football coach who also worked as a security guard, a Grade 12 student who planned to attend Lynn University and an athletic director who was active in his Roman Catholic church.

The last of the bodies were removed from the high school Thursday after authorities analyzed the crime scene. Thirteen wounded survivors were still hospitalized, including two in critical condition.

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