WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Singer-songwriter Carole King lent her voice to the chorus of hundreds gathered at the Washington National Cathedral on Thursday night to mark the one-year anniversary of the Newtown massacre.
The large crowd included relatives of victims of gun violence from all around the country – like D.C. mom Nardine Jeffries, whose daughter was gunned down in a South Capitol Street drive-by.
Colin Goddard survived the Virginia Tech mass shooting, and Giles Rousseau’s daughter Lauren was murdered at Newtown.
"We are here today with the common goal of remembering our loved ones, and seeking to make our world a safer place," said Giles Rousseau.
On December 14 last year, a 20-year-old gunman shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He killed 20 children and six teachers – before ultimately turning the gun on himself.
Many here expressed frustration, as they had hoped Newtown would prompt changes in gun control laws. But that has yet to happen.
Still, advocates urged the families not to give up.
"I believe the forces of love are finally greater and stronger than the forces of hatred," said Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral.
"I am not counseling patience, my friends, but I am counseling persistence," added D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton.