WASHINGTON – After traveling 2,000 miles from Aztec, N.M., to Washington, D.C., and wading through thousands of people to reach the perimeter of the national March For Our Lives rally on Saturday, Laurel Paschall leaned against her mother’s shoulder, looked out on the massive crowd and quietly wept.
Three-and-a-half months earlier, on the morning of Dec. 7, the Aztec High School junior was attending class in her small northwestern New Mexico town when a former student entered the school and opened fire, killing students Casey Marquez and Francisco Fernandez. The gunman then killed himself.
On Saturday, Paschall and three other Aztec High School students joined others from Manzano, La Cueva and Santa Fe high schools in New Mexico – as well as tens of thousands of students from around the nation – for an energetic and emotional march on the nation’s capital.
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