Shoe memorial held for victims of gun violence

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The Parkland shooting was the deadliest school shooting since 26 were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.

To stage the protest, Avaaz crowdsourced the thousands of pairs of shoes from the families of the victims of gun violence and concerned citizens.

"About five families came that were victims of gun violence", Soria said.

Activists with AVAAZ unloading 7000 shoes in the early morning hours on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 13, 2018.

Although there was no link to any figures or date, Avaaz said the study found that guns kill an average of "1,300 American kids a year".

One of the parents in attendance Tuesday was Tom Mauser, whose son was killed in the Columbine school massacre. The shoes, all worn, were donated by thousands of people across the country, organizers said.

Avaaz, a global organization that coordinates demonstrations for progressive causes, created the shoe installation on the southeast lawn at about 8 a.m.

The Parkland shooting was the deadliest school shooting since 26 - 20 students and six teachers - were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Also in attendance was Andy and Barbara Parker whose daughter, Alison, was shot on live television in 2015 while doing a news report for CBS affiliate station, WDBJ, in Roanoke, Virginia, Avaaz said in the statement. Prominent celebrities, including Bette Midler and Chelsea Handler, helped publicize the drive via social media.

"It's unbelievable to see", Soria said.

7,000 pairs of empty shoes cover the grass outside the US Capitol.

A stark reminder and memorial to the children's lives lost to gun violence was spread out on the U.S. Capitol lawn on Tuesday, a sight that prompted passersby and tourists to take photos of an unsettling scene.

A nationwide school walkout is planned across the United States on Wednesday to demand an assault weapons ban, universal background checks on gun purchases, and legislation that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behaviour.

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