A candlelight vigil to commemorate all victims and survivors of gun violence is scheduled to take place at Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The event is being put together by Organizing For Action Mother Lode, the local chapter of a national group that was born out of former President Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008.

A similar vigil at the park was organized by the group in December following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that killed 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas and injured more than 800, more than 400 of whom were injured by gunfire.

Last week, a 19-year-old man shot and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

This follows a spate of gun-related incidents across the United States that has left more than 500,000 people dead or injured since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 26 people, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7.

Since the Parkland shooting, there has been an uprising of high school-age children across the U.S. organizing demonstrations and demanding lawmakers in Washington, D.C., pass laws to stem the flow of violence.

There is a nationwide walk-out planned in high schools across the U.S. for March 14, followed by a nationwide march on March 24.

Those who plan on attending Sunday’s event are encouraged to bring a candle and a sign.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.com or (209) 588-4530.

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