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Shoes on Capitol lawn honor kids killed in shootings since Sandy Hook

Shoes on Capitol lawn honor kids killed in shootings since Sandy Hook

Avaaz's website says the group received donations from victims' families, members of the public, and even celebrities.

The 7,000 shoes in the "Monument for our Kids" installment represent every child that was killed by gunfire since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, according to Avaaz.

Tom Mauser came to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday dressed in gray Vans sneakers, the same ones his 15-year-old son Daniel wore when he was killed by two gunmen at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 along with a dozen other people.

The demonstration included shoes from children who lost their lives to guns, shoes of celebrity activists and shoes of ordinary citizens from all over the U.S., according to ABC News.

Among the thousands of shoes, a pair of turquoise blue cowboy boots stood out. Organizer Emma Ruby-Sachs said she thinks it's a pivotal moment for the movement to end gun violence.

"The culture on guns is shifting, and we can all feel it", she said. Her daughter is taking part in an active shooter drill at school on Wednesday, a necessity that she described as a "terrifying reality".

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

The impromptu memorial was coordinated by global activist group Avaaz.

This isn't the first display addressing gun violence from Avaaz.

Several mass shootings have occurred since Sandy Hook, including the October 1 tragedy in Las Vegas, a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and another school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida.

More than 2,000 people have RSVP'd via Facebook to attend local demonstrations set to begin at 10 a.m. on March 24 at downtown Tampa's Kiley Gardens and in front of the Pinellas County Courthouse in St. Petersburg.

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