This morning at 9:45 a.m., members of the Muncie community gathered on Ball State’s University Green to remember and honor the lives of the 17 people killed in Parkland Florida one month ago today. Participants came clad in orange, carrying signs and ready to make their voices heard. 

The protest was organized with the help of the Ball State Democrats, Alpha Chi Omega sister Darla Thomas and Parkland alumna Lexi Angel. Students formed a human chain that stretched from the Scramble Light all the way to the Shafer Tower. Each of the victims had their picture and name printed on empty chairs, and at the end of the demonstration, the balloons affixed to the chairs were released. 

In case you were in class, we made sure to livestream the whole event. If you missed it, head over to Byte’s Facebook page to watch the whole thing. If you want to know what moved the women behind the march to take action, see our video interview with Darla and Lexi.

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Photography: Eben Griger and Jeremy Rogers

Editing: Emily Reuben and Jeremy Rogers

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