Shooting victims, families attend candlelight vigil - Tucson News Now

Shooting victims, families attend candlelight vigil

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucsonans are remembering the lives lost by gun violence tonight.

A candlelight vigil was held on the northwest side where many shooting survivors and their families attended.

Nearly 150 people came to the vigil at Christina Taylor Green Park, just northwest of Foothills Mall.

They sang songs and read names of 33 people killed in the Safeway shooting and in Newtown, Conn.

Survivors of the January 8 mass shooting  and a witness to the University of Arizona nursing school shooting spoke at the vigil.

Organizers are calling on Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain to help pass gun control laws, like universal background checks.

Opponents of stricter gun control say President Obama should enforce gun laws that are already on the books.

Doctor Randall Friese is a trauma surgeon at UAMC, who operated on many January 8 victims. He spoke about how gun violence has taken a toll on him.

"You don't see the emotional impact this has on these individual people's lives," Friese said. "It is quite heart wrenching to deliver that news."

"If you couldn't make it tonight, I hope you'll remember them personally at home," said January 8 survivor, Patricia Maisch. "They deserve to be remembered."

Similar vigils are happening across the country tonight and tomorrow night.

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