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Candlelight vigil held for two year anniversary of Parkland shooting

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, that took the lives of 17 people. The groups, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and March for Our Lives Thursday teamed up to hold a candlelight vigil to honor those lost lives.

While communities around the nation remember those who died in the Parkland shooting, they are also focusing on the issues of gun violence and gun control.

Members of "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" and "March for Our Lives" gathered at First Unitarian Church in Sioux City.

They spoke about the Parkland shooting and taking action to help end gun violence. One person who attended the vigil had a special reason for showing up.

Jackie Stellish says it's important to come together as a community to remember the victims.

Leaders with the Sioux City chapter of "March for Our Lives" say keeping conversations going around these issues is important.

"It makes me sick to my stomach. Whenever I hear about another teen death or school shooting, I just hope that it's casualty free until finally, all the information comes in. It is scary because it could happen to any school in the United States, especially a school in Iowa," said Estella Ruhrer Johnson, co-founder of the March For Our Lives Sioux City Chapter.

Johnson says she's honored to be part of March for Our Lives.

To learn more about Moms Demand Action, click here. For more information about March For Our Lives, click here.

Emily Schrad

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