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DC teens hold lie-in at White House in solidarity with Florida victims

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By STEPHEN PIMPO JR., ABC7 News

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A group organized by D.C.-area teenagers is staging a demonstration at the White House on President's Day to stand with the victims of the Florida shooting and call for gun reform.

The group, known as Teens for Gun Reform, had 17 members lie down Monday outside the White House to symbolize the victims of the latest high school shooting.

“We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida last Wednesday," the organization said in a statement. "We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings!"

Seventeen people were killed and multiple others were injured after authorities said a gunman opened fire Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Police later arrested 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz and charged him with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Virginia Rep. Don Beyer, a Democrat who has called for gun reform, is also at the event. The group is gathered between the White House and Lafayette Park.

On Sunday, the survivors of the shooting said they will march on D.C. on March 24.

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