JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Family, friends and community leaders are holding a rally on Friday to fight gun violence after a Raines High School student was fatally shot just hours after graduating.
Rashaud Fields was a football star who graduated from Raines High School and was to attend Keizer University on a football scholarship. Just hours after graduating, he was shot at a graduation party and died of his injuries.
At a 6 p.m. Friday event in Raines called the “Rally for Rashaud,” people are expected to speak out against the senseless violence taking place in Jacksonville.
Friday’s rally coincides with National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which began in 2013 when a teenage girl was accidentally shot and killed in Chicago. His assassins believed they were shooting rival gang members.
As part of the day, people wear the color orange in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones to gun violence or who have survived gun violence.
Friday’s Appreciation Day also comes as the nation grapples with the aftermath of several deadly mass shootings, including the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the supermarket shooting in Buffalo, New York , and the most recent shooting at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lawmakers are expected to vote on gun reform legislation as early as next week.
Also on Friday, Fields’ visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the QL Douglas Funeral Home. His funeral will be held at the Philippian Community Church on New Kings Road on Saturday.
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