A candlelight vigil for the victims of gun violence and to demand action from Congress on gun violence prevention legislation was held Saturday, April 13, in Market Square. The candlelight vigil was sponsored by Organizing for Action and Alexandria’s Concerned Citizens against Gun Violence. Other local organizations supporting the event included the Million Mom March of Northern Virginia, and Moms Demand Action and MOURN — Mothers United for Reform Now.
Speakers included: U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8), state Sen. Rob Krupicka (D-45), Delegates, Scott Surovell (D-44) and Alfonso Lopez (D-49), Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Alexandria Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, former Mayor Kerry Donley, human rights advocate William Killibrew, director of the 13-City Gang Prevention Network John Calhoun, Laura Fisher and Laurie Chidlow of Mothers United for Reform Now (MOURN), President of the Virginia Chapter of the Million Mom March Martina Leinz, Peter Read, father of Mary Read who was one of the victims of the Virginia Tech Massacre, and the Rev. Jonathan Butler and the Rev. Gregory Johnson of Alfred St. Baptist Church.