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Group plans vigil Saturday to remember shooting victims
Vigil for Charlottesville
A vigil was held in Cumming in remembrance of Heather Heyer, a counter-protester, and two Virginia State Police officers who were killed Aug. 12 following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. - photo by Jim Dean

Leaders with the Democratic Women of Forsyth County have organized a candlelight vigil set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the gazebo in downtown Cumming.

Anita Tucker, treasurer for Democratic Women of Forsyth County, said the idea to hold the event was “sparked by what happened” in Parkland, Fla. On Feb. 14.

She said the main purpose of Saturday’s vigil is to “acknowledge and remember” the 17 people who died in the tragic incident but also others who have died as a result of gun violence across the country.

Tucker said the last time the group met for a vigil it was to remember the person who died in Charlottesville, Va. in August 2017 after a car plowed through a group of counter-protestors at a White Nationalist rally.

“Unfortunately, we’re meeting again Saturday to hopefully motivate people to speak out and do things about the lack of gun safety in this country,” Tucker said.

Added Tucker: “This isn’t a partisan issue; it’s an issue about gun safety, and it does go across party lines.”