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Second line held in Armstrong Park to call attention to gun violence

Anti-gun violence second-line held in Armstrong Park. (FOX 8 Photo) Anti-gun violence second-line held in Armstrong Park. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Dozens took part in an anti-gun violence second line at Armstrong Park Thursday afternoon.

It was part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and because of that, it was also National Wear Orange Day. The Wear Orange Coalition put on the event.

"We wear orange because that's the color that hunters wear when they don't want to be killed. It signifies preserving life, so we're all about prevention and awareness today,” said Ellie Albeit with the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Orange T-shirts were handed out under an orange tent and people held orange signs extolling the need for an end to violence.

Wear Orange events started in Chicago after a 15-year-old girl who performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration was shot and killed when she returned home to Chicago.

"A young woman was shot and killed in Chicago and her friends decided to honor her life by wearing orange on her birthday, and so we are here are wearing orange honoring her life and all the other survivors' lives,” Albeit said.

The hope is that the local event will discourage gun violence across the city.

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