Vigil honors victims of gun violence

Vision quilt, a non-profit organization that was started in Ashland, encourages communities to form their own solutions to gun violence. (Genevieve Grippo/KTVL)

It has been nearly five years since the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

To memorialize those victims and other victims of gun violence, grassroots non-profit Vision Quilt hosted a vigil on Sunday at Sew Creative in Ashland.

The organization is centered on encouraging communities to find their own solutions to gun violence.

"It's very important to talk about gun violence," said Rachel Lee, Vision Quilt's Administrative Assistant. "It's something that's been really prevalent in our nation. We've seen it from, you know, suicide, to mass shootings, to homicide, domestic violence issues."

Lee says that since its creation in 2015, people across the country have created more than 400 panels that creatively express the importance of gun safety.

The panels are used as displays at public events, in museum exhibitions, or can be worn during marches.

Lee says that Vision Quilt is a non-partisan organization.

If you would like to volunteer or donate, click here.

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