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Posted: Feb 06 2018 07:43PM EST
"A community brought together by tragedy." FOX 13 Photojournalist Mike Fiol took a photo of faces lit by candlelight at a vigil for victims of the deadly school shooting.
Thousands in the Parkland, Florida community filled the Parkland AmphitheaterThursday for a vigil honoring the victims of the deadly school shooting a day before.
Students also left notes for the victims.
Students left candles for their fallen classmates.
Hundreds gathered early at the vigil for parkland shooting.
Balloons were released to honor the victims.
Just before 10 a.m., the Parkland Amphitheater was empty ahead of a vigil that drew thousands.
Sadness was everywhere Thursday as Parkland, Florida residents mourned the 17 killed in an attack on Stoneman Douglas High School.
Students prayed at a vigil for the victims of Wednesday's deadly school shooting.
“Let us stand in a moment of silence to the beautiful souls we have lost.”
Hundreds remained at the Parkland Amphitheater into Thursday night, paying respects.
Parents were distraught, thinking about the safety of their children and the 17 lives lost.
People as far as the eye can see, all there to mourn their friends, classmates, and teachers.
They have learned a lesson in loss no one should ever have to.
Baseball star and Stoneman Douglas alumni Anthony Rizzo told the crowd, "There are a lot of communities who know what we are going through. I’m an American. I know something has to change before this is visited on another community.”
Stoneman Douglas High School Senior Class President Julia Cordover said the school was her "home away from home" and "home is where the heart is." She said her home had been attacked, but reassured students they would be strong and rebound.
Rizzo said, "If I can stand here and speak for love, kindness, and compassion, then we all can. Thank you and I love you... To our first responders, thank you!! They ran in while we ran out!!"
Rabbis and pastors said prayers and remembered the victims.
Rabbi opened the vigil with: “They say that God does not give us more than they can handle... but this is pushing it.”
Father of victim takes the stage: "My girl, my 14-year-old baby... I sent her to school yesterday. She was supposed to be safe. I don’t remember if I said 'I love you' to Jamie yesterday."
Florida Congressman Ted Deusch asked the crowd to raise their candles in the air as to bring attention from the rest of the country.
Stoneman Douglas Principal got a round of applause as he expressed his sorrow for the loss of 14 students and 3 staff members at his school.
City commissioners from Coral Springs approached the microphone as the crowd chanted, “no more guns! No more guns!”
A Florida Congresswoman, who is the mother of a freshman student at another school, gave an impassioned speech, asking for unity and action across the nation for the safety of school children.
Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was joined by school board members to express anger, pain, and grief for the families of 17 lives lost in the previous day's shooting.