Parkland survivors on Capitol Hill year after march

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Published on March 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:38s

Parkland survivors on Capitol Hill year after march

Parkland school shooting survivors and student activists on Monday delivered letters to Congress demanding action one year after the unprecedented March for our Lives in Washington.

Gavino Garay reports.

Parkland survivors on Capitol Hill year after march

On the first anniversary of the March for Our Lives in Washington, survivors of the Parkland, Florida massacre and other activists returned to Capitol Hill on Monday to ramp up their demands for stricter gun control.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez and others sent letters to lawmakers.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING SURVIVOR EMMA GONZALEZ, SAYING: "Dear senator, every year, 1,600 children across the country lose their lives do to gun violence.

The fabric you hold in your hands represents 16 lives you can save by voting yes on S-42." S-42, also known as the Background Check Expansion Act, seeks to require a background check for every firearm sale.

The call for action comes after Florida police say a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student died on Saturday in "an apparent suicide." Nats: "We need to encourage parents to check on each other." The male student was a sophomore who attended the school when 14 other students and three staff members were killed in last year's shooting rampage -- the deadliest-ever high school shooting in America.

The death comes less than a week after a 19-year-old survivor took her own life.

Sydney Aiello was a recent graduate of the school.

Her family says she was suffering from survivor's guilt and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Aiello was a senior at the high school when the shooting happened.

Her friend Meadow Pollack was killed in the massacre.

David Hogg, who survived the shooting and became a high-profile activist, was also in Washington on Monday.

He urged survivors to come together in their quote "shared suffering" and "trauma" to make sure there are no more deaths.

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