Parents, siblings and friends of junior high school students pay their respects after mass shooting at Farmington Hills Community high school
The hundreds of students at a Lake Michigan high school where a gunman opened fire on Friday joined their parents, siblings and friends at a candlelight vigil in memory of the three classmates killed in the attack.
Friday’s shooting was the first at Farmington Hills Community high school in about 20 years, according to a department spokeswoman.
One student died at the scene, and two others were taken to nearby hospitals. Two of the patients have been released.
Students at Gilleo high school, right, stage a sit-in protest after a shooting at Farmington Hills Community high school, where they’re trying to get school administrators to commit to not allowing students to bring weapons onto campus. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
“It’s a really big loss for our family,” said Arik Ennis, a junior at Farmington Hills Community high school. “A lot of us will remember her around here.”
Students brought balloons and shared their memories during the vigil, held in the parking lot outside of school.
Other local high schools have staged protests against a Michigan law that allows students to bring handguns into school without parental permission. Farmington Hills Community high school also has deployed metal detectors at its three buildings.
The high school is more than 25 miles (40km) north of Detroit.