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Thousands have gathered for an emotional interfaith vigil at the National Cathedral ahead of Saturday's 'March For Our Lives' in Washington DC and in other cities.
Area residents joined together with students and families affected by the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parland, Florida, where 17 died.
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Volunteers handed out more than 2,000 candles on the cathedral steps as the attendees entered.
'We come with sadness, as we grieve so much loss of life, so much senseless death, so much needless suffering,' Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of the Cathedral, told the crowd, WTOP reported.
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Kathleen Wind, of Reston, Virginia, said that felt she needed to join the many others who had traveled to DC for the event.
'This is just an extremely important placed to be tonight, to pray and be with all of these students that are coming into town,' Wind said.
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Philip Schentrup, the father of 16-year-old Stoneman Douglas victim Carmen Schentrup, spoke at the event.
'She was going to change the world,' Schentrup said, as he remembered his daughter.
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A slate of religious leaders from multiple faiths and denominations also addressed the crowd.
'God is about to make a new covenant, with a new generation, who understands what it means to have the law written on your hearts, instead of wrapped up in a distorted understanding of a Second Amendment,' said Reverend Canon Mark Sims, an Episcopal minister at the Schentrup family church in Florida, according to Mother Jones.
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'Students, this nation's adults, we have failed you,' said Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
It came on the eve of a massive rally in support of gun control in Washington, with sister marches planned at cities around the country.
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Organizers hope the event will prove that the country has reached an emotional...
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