ABC reports the organization, Avaaz, collected the shoes over a two week period, and some of the shoes were donated by families who had themselves lost a child to gun violence. "It was an emotional moment today".
One of the parents in attendance Tuesday was Tom Mauser, whose son was killed in the Columbine school massacre. Some of the shoes being placed on the lawn are from some of the victims, according to Avaaz.
Avaaz, a global organization that coordinates demonstrations for progressive causes, created the shoe installation on the southeast lawn at about 8 a.m.
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Eight police officers, including a local police commander, were killed and 10 others were wounded in the morning attack, he said. Eighteen members of the security forces were killed by the Taliban on Saturday in the western Farah province in Afghanistan.
'I think this kind of event with shoes offers a very powerful metaphor both for how we miss the victims who once filled those shoes, and also for how we see ourselves wanting to walk in their place, seeking change, so that others don't have to walk this painful journey'. The number of shoes was chosen to represent the 1,300 children estimated are killed by guns each year in America, multiplied by the five years and three months that have elapsed since Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, Business Insider reported.
A pair of turquoise blue cowboy boots stood next to a photo of Allison Parker, a 24-year-old reporter who was fatally shot on live television in 2015.
"It's unbelievable to see", Soria said.
- Thousands of empty pairs of shoes representing children killed by gun violence were lined up outside of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday as part of a memorial display.