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The Latest: Parkland survivors: Don’t glorify suspect

May 31, 2018

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that killed 17 people. (all times local):

11 a.m.

Survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are asking the media not to glorify the alleged shooter by covering chilling cellphone videos, urging instead to focus on the victims.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior David Hogg tweeted a plea to a local newspaper, saying, “Please do not post his name you are giving him what he wants, fame.”

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was among the 17 killed, re-posted a video of his daughter saying “That is my kid. This is the only video anyone needs to see today. MISS YOU!!!”

In the videos released Wednesday, suspect Nikolas Cruz announced his intention to become the next school shooter, aiming to kill at least 20, saying he “can’t wait.”

He also discusses his loneliness and hatred, saying he hopes to see an ex-girlfriend in the afterlife.

The former student is charged with 17 counts of murder and attempted murder.


9:20 a.m.

Some parents from the community where 17 people died in a Valentine’s Day shooting at a Florida high school are raising money for a campaign to push the National Rifle Association out of politics and ban assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines in the U.S.

The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times reports Families vs Assault Rifles is a nonprofit and political action committee founded to be a counterweight to the NRA. It will target competitive federal races.

The Super PAC registered with the state and federal governments on May 18, the same day a shooting left 10 dead at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas.

The parents’ Super PAC is soliciting $17 donations, one dollar for each life lost in the shooting.

The group has a $10 million fundraising goal.

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