Offbeat Parkland survivors keep memory of shooting alive

19:22  13 june  2018
19:22  13 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Stoneman Douglas graduation: Class of 2018 remembers those who aren't there

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By Carlos Garcia Rawlins. PARKLAND , Fla. (Reuters) – Hundreds of seniors in red caps and gowns at their Florida high school graduation ceremony on June 3 listened intently to speakers who told them what they could achieve. “Don’t let anything stop you,” one said.

Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, and Jaclyn Corin survived the recent shooting at their high school in Parkland , Florida, and now they're organizing the March for Our Lives, an event in which people from all over the country will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority.

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But when student Joaquin Oliver's name was read out by the principal, it was his parents Manuel Oliver and Patricia Padauy who walked onto the stage to receive his diploma.

Joaquin, 17, was one of the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018. The massacre by a former student who stormed classrooms on Valentine's Day with an assault rifle has spurred unprecedented activism by victims' families to prevent future gun violence.

"This Should Be My Son," read the words on the bright yellow t-shirt Patricia wore for the ceremony at an indoor arena in the nearby city of Sunrise.

Since the mass shooting, Manuel Oliver, a 50-year-old artistic director, has traveled across the country, building murals in honor of his son. He calls the murals "Walls of Demand."

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In Los Angeles, he painted a mural with rifle targets set atop a silhouette of an image of Joaquin as he walked to school that day with a bouquet of sunflowers in his hand to give to his girlfriend. Once completed, he drove a hammer into the mural 17 times, one for each victim, and hung a sunflower in each hole.

He says he enters a trance while painting as he connects with memories of his son: the motor-bike they built together in the family garage, for instance, and endless games of basketball.

As he works, he listens with his son's headphones to the music they used to enjoy together, often the Ramones or Guns N' Roses.

Manuel says the murals are more than a way to drain his anger and sorrow.

"What the hell does it matter how I feel? This isn't about me, this is about my kid," he said in an interview in Florida, a few days after he painted the Los Angeles mural.

"Joaquin's picture is a protest. Joaquin is a martyr, killed by a murderer who was endorsed by system that allows these things to happen."

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They’re still alive in you, in your stories, your memories , and in your choices. You will tell the story of their beautiful lives to the people who you haven’t even met yet: To your children, your coworkers, your future lovers, and to other survivors . That is how you keep your loved ones alive .


Manuel and Patricia now dedicate their time to an organization that seeks to empower youth leaders called Change The Ref (CTR), a name inspired by a conversation with Joaquin about the referee of one of his basketball games.

The group aims to use art and "nonviolent creative confrontation" to keep people talking about the victims and pressuring lawmakers to pass stricter gun regulations.

"You took something horrific, and instead of letting it stop you, you started a movement," the comedian Jimmy Fallon told students and victims' families in the commencement address at the June 3 graduation ceremony.

Carlos Rodriguez, a 17-year-old Stoneman Douglas student who witnessed the shooting, launched a social media project called Stories Untold to collate footage of the incident. It has evolved into a broader effort to encourage victims of gun violence around the country to share their stories.

He says the reaction to Parkland was notably different from previous mass shootings, in part because it affected a group of teenagers well-versed in using social media.

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According to Twitter’s Safety account, the social media company has gone through and verified a number of the Parkland shooting survivors account…as a means of keeping them safe.

The community welcomed survivors of the Parkland , Florida, shooting to honor the lives lost and rally for change. More than 60 survivors of the Feb. Most of the students weren't alive when the Columbine shooting happened.

The Parkland attack "affected high-school kids, millennials, Generation Z-ers - we practically have a road map of what we need to do."

He was infuriated by the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School outside Houston, Texas that killed 10.

"It was like we were reliving what happened at our school. I wanted to be there with those students."

Parkland, a once quiet Florida suburb, is now filled with memorials and posters alongside its streets, parks and shops, demanding stricter gun control. Almost 70 percent of American adults support strong or moderate restrictions for firearms, a Reuters/Ipsos poll in May found.

President Donald Trump has vowed not to tighten firearms laws despite multiple mass shootings this year and instead called for arming teachers and increasing school security.

Daniela Menescal, 17, was hit by shrapnel during the Parkland attack and saw several classmates killed.

Now recovered from her injuries, she puts her energy into spending time with family and focuses on studying piano and playing tennis to avoid thinking about that day.

"We've become a more united community after everything that happened," said Menescal. "With the leadership of my classmates, we can raise our voices so that people understand that these changes need to happen."

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(Additional reporting by Brian Ellsworth in Caracas; Writing by Angus Berwick; editing by Diane Craft)

'You better get out of here': Accused Parkland shooter told student to run before opening fire .
Nikolas Cruz, the accused gunman in the Parkland high school shooting, told a student to "get out of here" and run before he started his attack, according to court documents released Friday. A transcript of a law enforcement interview with the student, whose name was redacted, details the moments just before authorities say Nikolas Cruz opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. The student told authorities he came face-to-face with Cruz in a stairwell as the accused shooter was pulling a long gun out of a duffle bag and loading it up.

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