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With the Capitol building and an American flag flying at half-mast as the backdrop, a dozen or so people lit candles at Freedom Plaza Monday evening to commemorate the lives lost in the Navy Yard shooting earlier in the day.
“How immune are we becoming to these senseless mass shootings?” Eddie Weingart, the vigil’s organizer and the founder of Project End Gun Violence, asked the ceremony’s participants, who were flanked by twice as many media members. “Mass shootings are becoming as American as apple pie and baseball.”
The names of the 12 victims who were killed at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters have not yet been released, and the vigil broadly focused on the people today and in recent months who have lost their lives to gun violence.
“The shock and disbelief,” said Nichole Goble, who attended the vigil. “To be so close to it, it shook me.”
Angela Peoples lives blocks away from the shooting site and told the group that she was scared—-scared to go home, and scared for what this gun violence that has become so prevalent means for society.
“What do we say to our kids when there are no more answers,” she asked. “We have to pay attention to the day to day lives that are lost.”
Photo by Perry Stein