Gainesville, Fla. (WCJB) -- A group in Gainesville held a vigil meant to bring a sense of community and belonging to those still suffering.
On the two year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, a candle-light vigil was held by march for our lives Gainesville to remember the 17 lives that were lost.
Lexie Fishman, the outreach chair of march for our lives Gainesville, "I'm just really glad that an organization like this exists because it's very important. Not even just this shooting but just to remember shooting victims in general and not to forget it after it happens and make sure we raise awareness for things like this that happen because they happen a lot."
University of Florida President Kent Fuchs mentioned how painful gun violence is but added that its inspiring to see students work to end it.
Graduates of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, now University of Florida students spoke about losing a friend.
Anisha Saripalli, UF student, said, "I would tell her that I love her first off."
They used tonight to heal and remember the good times they shared.
Saripalli added, "Carmen I love you, thank you for being my friend. Thank you for getting me through high school. I mean she kinda did get me through high school. Thank you for being there when I needed you. Thank you for you know letting me nerd out about harry potter and joining me along with that."
Seventeen paper lanterns were lit in honor of each victim. Two minutes and 19 seconds of silence were dedicated to the second anniversary, the 17 victims and the two who took their own lives.
Carmen would have been a student at the UF. Her friends remember her as smart, sassy and truly the glue that held them together. President Fuchs adds that he's proud of what this organization is doing to remember the victims of the Parkland shooting.