Parkland survivors just went viral with music video commemorating victims of massacre


Tonight is prom night at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and it will surely be a bittersweet evening for the attendees who will intensely feel the absence of their 17 murdered classmates and teachers who could have been there had politicians done anything to restrict access to assault weapons after any one of the previous mass shootings that have taken place in the last few years.

One of the highlights of the prom will be the opportunity for a screening of a new music video produced in memory of their deceased classmates that was composed by two surviving students in the wake of the tragedy.

The song featured in the video is called “Shine” and was written by Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña, two students who are members of the school’s drama club. They recorded the song immediately after the shootings and released it  on iTunes in March, as The Hill reported in a recent article.

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The song’s lyrics dwell on the remarkable ability of the students to bounce back in the wake of the shooting and calls for an activist response to the tragedy like that of the outspoken survivors of the massacre.

The video for the song was shot entirely at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and shows friends and family of the 17 victims alongside photos of their departed loved ones. Downloads of the song and streams of the video will generate revenue for Shine MSD, a nonprofit group organized by families from the school to “support programs that provide healing through the arts.”

You can see the video for yourself in the clip below.


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