A line of laminated papers displaying the names, faces and circumstances of more than 200 people murdered in mass shootings stretched nearly a football field in length on Indiana Avenue in Washington, DC, Saturday–a jarring display to thousands of passersby during the March For Our Lives rally.
Maureen Glover, from Asbury Park, New Jersey, began the project after the 2016 Pulse Night Club massacre. The names started with the shooting at the University of Texas in Austin in 1966 and continued through Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland, ending with Jaelynn Willey, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend at Great mills High School in Maryland on March 22.
“The number just rolls off your tongue too easily, and I wanted to give a name and a face,” she said.
She initially decided to print her research of the victims for the National School Walk Out held on March 14, the one-month anniversary of the incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Glover said she could have attended a sister march in her town but preferred to attend the protest in the District to accompany the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students.
The string of photos was held by a rotating team of volunteers, some recruited from march attendees walking by.
Ella Dreyfuss, a freshman at Spanish River High in Palm Beach County, was drawn to Glover’s project. She said she was acquainted with victims Alyssa Alhadeff and Jamie Guttenberg from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
“It’s too much; it’s not okay,” she said. “I mean that’s why we’re here. When you know people, it makes a difference.”
Glover plans to take her project to the Columbine Vigil being held this upcoming April.
— Victoria Salas, South Florida News Service