DENVER (NEWSnet/AP) — The 12 students and one teacher killed in the Columbine High School shooting will be remembered Friday evening during a community vigil marking the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

The gathering is the main public event this year, which is more subdued than in previous milestone years. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time at First Baptist Church in Denver.

 

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who began campaigning for gun safety after she was nearly killed in a mass shooting, will be among those speaking. So will Nathan Hochhalter, whose sister Anne Marie was paralyzed after she was shot at Columbine. Several months after the shooting, their mother, Carla Hochhalter, took her own life.

The organizers of the vigil include Colorado Ceasefire, Brady United Against Gun Violence and Colorado Faith Communities United Against Gun Violence.

Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel, was killed at Columbine, decided to organize the event after learning school officials had not planned a community gathering as they did for the 20th anniversary.

"For those who do want to reflect on it, it is something for them,” said Mauser, who is on Colorado Ceasefire's board and asked the group to help organize the event at a church near the state Capitol in Denver. The program was originally slated to be held on the steps of the Capitol, but has been moved indoors because of expected rain.

In the meantime, the high school is continuing its annual tradition inviting students to a “day of service” on April 20.

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