Victim’s aunt calls for action, not prayers, after shooting

Source: Associated Press

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In an open letter addressed “Dear America,” the aunt of a 14-year-old killed in a Florida school shooting calls for action — not prayers — to put an end to gun violence.

Abbie Youkilis describes niece Jaime Guttenberg as intelligent and feisty with the world’s best smile. She says she danced with beauty and grace, and “probably had been kind to the student who shot her.”

Her emotional letter released Thursday labels politicians who fail to restrict access to guns as complicit, saying they and the National Rifle Association enabled Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing Jaime and 16 others at a Parkland, Florida, high school Wednesday.

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