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Candlelight Vigil Concludes 20th Anniversary Observance Of Thurston School Shooting

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Last night, nearly 200 people gathered in Springfield’s William S. Fort Memorial Park to hold a candlelight vigil. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the event was to mark 20 years since the Thurston School Shooting.

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Nearly 200 people showed at the event, which included music, speeches, and a moment of silence.

People gathered across the street from Thurston High School, where then-15-year-old Kip Kinkel opened fire on his classmates on May 21st, 1998. Two students died, while two dozen more were wounded. Kinkel had also killed his parents the night before.

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Rio Samaniego, of the local March for Our Lives Movement.

Rio Samaniego is a junior at Thurston, and a member of the March for Our Lives Movement.  He says for all the political divisiveness that surrounds gun control and school safety, the vigil itself is non-partisan.

“It’s important to acknowledge that no matter what political affiliation you might have, whether you stand in favor of gun control like I do, or whether you are the most devout NRA member, it’s important to remember the people who have died, and the people whose lives have changed as a result of gun violence.”

The vigil follows an earlier event at Thurston High, where a remembrance ceremony was held at a memorial site.

Copyright 2018, KLCC.

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