JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- They signed messages of hope and love for friends and family lost far too soon at New Dimensions Church.
Andrew Jackson alumni remembered their fallen Tigers on Friday night at a memorial ceremony. The six former Andrew Jackson students featured at the memorial all lost their lives to gun violence: Anthony Stinson, Bradley Jackson, Earl Carter, Kalil McCoy, Shelby Farah and Spencer Winkfield.
It's a number far too high for McCoy's mom. Police say McCoy was killed by one of her own classmates. Tonight she joined other victims' families to spread one message through the community.
"We really need to come together and get Florida, Jacksonville especially, together against gun violence," said Lynette Roebuck.
It's a fraternity of six families that hopes nobody else has to join.
"It really put a damper on the community because you know kids now say I don't want to go to that school they go to, that school they get killed," said Anthony Stinson Sr.
Stinson feels like he lost his son Anthony yesterday. Anthony Jr. was killed in a drive-by shooting. At the memorial, Stinson Sr. stood next to Shelby Farah's mom. Shelby is the latest victim from Andrew Jackson. Police say she was shot at Metro PCS by a robber. Farah's mom says she was comforted by the love surrounding her. It's a love these families remind us could be lost at any moment.
"To parents, if you have a child you need to touch them every day. You need to talk to them every day, hug them every day, because the day they leave home may be the day they don't come back," said Stinson.