Photos by Eleanor Helper
About 35 Oberlinians, most wearing orange, gathered in a vigil Thursday on Tappan Square, carrying signs to raise awareness of the prevalence of gun violence. The local sponsor was Oberlin Community Peacebuilders with representatives from many local churches and civic groups present. Moms Demand Action for Guns Sense in America was the national sponsor. 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 Hadiya and her friends were from a rival gang intruding on their territory. Hadiya’s friends decided to remember her birthday June 2 by wearing orange, a color worn by hunters to keep themselves safe from other hunters.