Crowd sings ‘Happy Birthday’ for Parkland victim at DC march
Thousands of protesters sang “Happy Birthday” for a Parkland, Fla., high school shooting victim in Washington, D.C., on Saturday on what would have been his 18th birthday.
Samantha Fuentes asked the crowd in D.C., estimated by organizers to have reached 800,000, to sing in honor of Nicholas Dworet’s birthday, ABC News reported.
Dworet was one of 17 people killed on Feb. 14 inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
His classmates organized the “March for Our Lives” rally in D.C. to advocate for gun control.
“Thank you. Stay beautiful,” Fuentes said as the song ended.
Fuentes, who was wounded in the shooting, finished her speech despite getting sick onstage while overcome with emotion.
Fuentes was one of many Parkland students who spoke at the rally on Saturday. No elected officials spoke at the D.C. rally, although many were spotted marching among the crowd.
Former Vice President Joe Biden surprised the crowd marching in his home state of Delaware.
Two fellow Parkland survivors showed up to the rally in D.C. despite having healing gunshot wounds.