Northlanders Light Candles to Remember Victims of Gun Violence

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: December 13, 2019 09:36 PM

More than 300 people are shot in the United States everyday. Northlanders remembered those who have died from gun violence Friday afternoon at First Lutheran Church.


The vigil is done on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting from 2012, where 26 people died.

As attendees walked in the church, they were given a candle to light up in front of the altar in honor of gun violence victims.

Many in the church got emotional as they listened to several speakers share their personal story on how this has affected them.

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken were in attendance, among many others.

After speakers finished sharing their story, they would ring a bell as a symbol for the lives lost.

Joan Peterson, the co-president for BRADY United Against Gun Violence, said she started getting involved after losing her sister to gun violence.

"I've been doing this for decades in her name and I will keep doing it until the day I die. I know that she would expect that I would do this and I know she’d do it for me. That’s the main reason I'm involved and want others to be involved because gun violence can affect anybody," said Peterson.

Gun control organizations went over their efforts to take on the issue after the vigil. They also wrote post cards for state senators about supporting gun control legislation.


Alejandra Palacios

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