Local students plan vigil to honor Parkland school shooting anniversary


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A group of high school students in New Hanover County is planning a vigil this weekend to honor the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at the Parkland high school killing 17 students and staff and injuring more than a dozen others. The gunman was identified as Nikolas Cruz by a U.S. official briefed on the investigation. 

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Two New Hanover High School students, Summer Marshburn-TenEyck and Kathryn Conlon, came on Good Morning Carolina Wednesday to talk about an apolitical event planned by a group of all student activists.

The event is on Saturday, Feb. 16. March For Our Lives students will hold a candlelight vigil to remember the 17 lives lost last Valentine’s Day in Parkland Florida. Marshburn-TenEyck says this event will be apolitical and nonpartisan. She said this weekend is solely about remembering the lives lost due to gun violence. Speakers & supporters will include Elizabeth Sloane, Bernadine Fulton, and March For Our Lives students.

Marshburn-TenEyck is a sophomore at New Hanover High School. She helped lead her school’s walkout after the Parkland Shooting last year, spoke at the March For Our Lives in March 2018, and is now one of three Co-Directors for March For Our Lives Wilmington. She is passionate about ending gun violence because she wants to ensure that upcoming generations are not growing up with fear in their schools, churches, movie theaters and homes.

Conlon is also sophomore at New Hanover High School, and one of three Co-Directors of March For Our Lives Wilmington. She says she participates in this movement because she believes that The United States has a responsibility to ensure the safety of it’s citizens, which starts with ending gun violence, and if our government won’t take control our students will.