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Cedar Rapids killings prompt rally against gun violence

May 21, 2019

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of their Cedar Rapids high school to call for actions to address gun violence following the recent killings of two teenagers.

The protest Monday morning at Washington High School came after two 18-year-olds were shot to death early Saturday as they sat in a parked car. Two others were injured in the shooting.

During the walk-out, students held a moment of silence. Students also shared their memories of the teenagers who were killed and called for the community to address gun violence.

Senior Class President Darshaun Smith says he was close with one victim, Royal Abram. He says Abram planned to graduate this week and had plans for his life after high school.

Matrell Johnson also died in the shooting.

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