ST. LOUIS – On Sunday, students and the community came together to heal nearly two weeks after a tragic shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. Students who organized the event said they wanted to be together to laugh and share joy again while trying to heal.
Rayquan Strickland said he began planning the rally at his school the day after the tragedy.
“God put this on my heart for unity. He put it on my heart for healing and peace,” he said.
“Many of my colleagues say that being close to the CVPA family brings them healing and brings us back together, and I feel the same way,” said graduate student Taneyia Ingram.
She is another organizer and said this is a way for everyone to heal together.
“Seeing Alexandria’s mother on stage shaking us. to join us. It really made me feel like we did something and it really brought me joy and happiness. It really made me feel great to see all the families together,” said Ingram.
Teachers, police officers, students and the families of Alexzandria Bell and Jean Kuczka were all at the rally to raise awareness of the theme – A Undivided Family.
“We had the relationship where she felt like she could say anything and everything to me where she didn’t have to hide anything about herself, and I thank God I got to experience that with her,” said coed Keisha Acres.
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