Father of victim: 'Don't tell me there is no such thing as gun violence. It happened in Parkland'

Posted at 12:27 AM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 05:38:57-05

Center stage at the Parkland Amphitheater candlelight vigil for the victim’s of the Feb. 14 attack at Stoneman Douglas High School, the father of victim Jamie Guttenberg. 

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“What is unfathomable is Jamie took a bullet and is dead. I don’t know what I am do next,” he said. “Don’t tell me there’s no such thing as gun violence. It happened in Parkland.”

At one point, the crowd cheering, “no more guns.” The crowd was loudest when a speaker called for change in Tallahassee. 

But the somberness was palpable. All 17 of the victim’s names were read aloud, followed by a moment of silence. 

Like Jamie, Gina Montalto a freshman who was also murdered. Ryan Serviates, also a freshman, walked to school with her every day. 

“It’s awful knowing you're going to have to look at an empty desk that wasn’t empty before,” he said. 

The shooter focused on the freshman building.

This group of freshman survived by being together yesterday. And tonight, they’re together again. 

“You feel like you’re going to die. You think it’s your last moments and your with these people and they become people that you love,” said Emma Summers. 

Chicago Cubs star and Douglas grad, Anthony Rizzo also addressed the crowed tonight, fighting back tears, calling for change.