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A silent march: 664 pairs of shoes on Capitol steps represent Wisconsinites killed by guns

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MADISON, Wis. - Supporters of stronger gun control laws put hundreds of pairs of shoes on the steps of the state Capitol Thursday.

The display from the Wisconsin anti-violence effort was at the State Street side of the Capitol. It featured 664 pairs of empty shoes, representing the 664 Wisconsinites killed with a gun over the last year.

"On Feb. 14, I was in room 214, which was the third classroom the shooter shot into where we lost Nicholas Dworet and Helena Ramsay," Parkland school shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond said. "Nicholas Dworet saved my life. I also lost my uncle 15 years ago to gun violence in Brooklyn. My truth empowers me to continue fighting for all communities impacted by gun violence."

The group said after the memorial, the shoes will be donated to local women's shelters.

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