People remember the victims of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that occurred on Feb. 14. Photo courtesy of Twisha

People remember the victims of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that occurred on Feb. 14. Photo courtesy of Twisha

Bellevue community remembers shooting victims

17 were killed in a high school shooting on Feb. 14.

About 35 people gathered last weekend at Bellevue Library to remember the victims of the Parkland, Florida Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that occurred on Feb. 14.

“The most touching part about the evening was to have two ladies from Stoneman Douglas High School there. They were ex-students of the school and were so touched that we did something here in far-away Bellevue,” said organizer Twisha, who doesn’t have a last name. “From Vegas to Parkland, a lot has changed.”

Twisha added that 30 people who came were volunteers, and not members of Moms Demand Action Washington chapter, which helped organize the vigil.

“The anger was palpable, the vigil got emotional as we started reading out the names and biographies of all 17 victims,” she added.

Twisha said the shooting was the 180th mass shooting since 2009 and at least the third in 2018. The shooting was the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook, when 20 students and six teachers were killed on Dec. 14, 2012.

Those who attended the vigil demanded lawmakers take action with “common-sense policies,” such as the Red Flag Laws, which allow law enforcement to take firearms of people believed to be a danger to themselves or others.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

A child at Bellevue Library’s Mahatma Gandi statue during the vigil for the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting. Photo courtesy of Twisha

A child at Bellevue Library’s Mahatma Gandi statue during the vigil for the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting. Photo courtesy of Twisha

More in News

Washington scrambles to boost supply of life-saving protective items for healthcare workers

State officials say they had to be “creative” to obtain protective equipment in global demand.

Gov. Jay Inslee discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s response during a press conference on Thursday, March 26. Screenshot
Inslee: Stay-at-home orders must continue to completely eliminate COVID-19

Slight decrease in rate of new coronavirus cases, but residents must continue to hunker down.

At St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, a patient is taken from an ambulance through a small door marked “decontamination” on March 23. It was unclear whether the patient was suspected of being infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Ray Miller-Still/Sound Publishing)
King County releases breakdown data of COVID-19 cases, deaths

Washington’s virus-related death toll surpasses 129 as of Wednesday, March 25.

Former Kent pro soccer team owner to face Kirkland rape charge

Dion Earl extradited from Arizona while doing time for sexual assault

Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System on March 17. KCLS announced March 13 that it would be closed until April at earliest in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Mitchell Atencio/staff photo
KCLS pivots to digital during coronavirus pandemic

KCLS is dedicating more time and content to digital services while unable to open its physical locations.

POLICE BLOTTER

Police Captain assaulted after attempting to arrest hit-and-run suspect.

BPD arrests man on Washington’s Most Wanted

Daniel Alvarez has a history of eluding law enforcement.

King County suspends work release program

Effort taken to reduce jail population for safety of everyone during COVID-19 pandemic

Most Read