About 30 Oberlinians, most wearing orange, gathered in a noon vigil Saturday on Tappan Square.
They carried signs seeking to raise awareness of the prevalence of gun violence.
The local sponsor was Oberlin Community Peacebuilders with members and friends from many local churches and civic groups present. This year there were many national sponsors seeking sensible gun controls.
The commemoration began four years ago after the death of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 year-old honor student from Chicago. Two weeks after she performed in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural ceremonies, she was murdered by members of a gang who thought Pendleton and her friends were from a rival gang intruding on their territory.
Friends decided to remember her birthday each June 2 by wearing orange, a color worn by hunters to keep themselves safe from other hunters.
In 2015, the commemoration went nationwide. In 2016, Oberlin joined in.
This year, Community Peacebuilders decided to commemorate the day on Saturday in place of the usual peace vigil that has been held at Tappan Square weekly since 9/11.
The weekly vigil will resume this weekend.
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