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Upstate community honors Sandy Hook victims three years later

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Community members gather in Greenville to honor Sandy Hook victims. (Source: Fox Carolina) Community members gather in Greenville to honor Sandy Hook victims. (Source: Fox Carolina)
Community members gather in Greenville to honor Sandy Hook victims. (Source: Fox Carolina) Community members gather in Greenville to honor Sandy Hook victims. (Source: Fox Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Monday marks three years since the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

Twenty-six people were killed and 20 of them were students. In the Upstate an anti-gun violence group called Moms Demand Action is honoring those lives lost. 

"We have to make changes in our communities, we need answers from our politicians," said Melody Geddis McFadden.

McFadden came to the memorial with her five grandchildren. Her niece Sandy was killed last year on a trip to myrtle beach. 

"30 other youth were hurt that day on the beach, but for some reason it hasn't outraged our communities enough for our legislatures to do anything about that," said McFadden.

Members of 'Moms Demand Action' spoke out about gun violence and why it's important to remember those who have lost their lives.

"We respect the Second Amendment. We are not anti-gun, we are anti-gun violence," said Craig Stein. 

Stein is a volunteer for Mom's Demand Action and said today was not only about honoring the victim's of the Sandy Hook shooting.

"We must also remember the thousands we never hear about or may not notice, the other gun deaths that happen every day in our country and those that happen right here in Greenville," said Stein.

The group gathered in a circle, holding candles in honor of the Sandy Hook victims, and paused for a moment of silence. 

"I think at a heart level it's hard not to be moved when people are sharing their stories of their children getting killed and you begin to think this is not the way it has to be," said Andrew Johnson who attended the event.

Members with Mom's Demand Action said every year at least 12 thousand American's are killed due to gun violence, and say the rate of gun homicide is significantly higher than any other country. 

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