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Parkland, Tree of Life Survivors Will Meet this Weekend in Pittsburgh

Parkland students and adults affected by tragedy will also meet with Mayor Peduto, take part in a number of public events in Pittsburgh.

Survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL are visiting Pittsburgh this weekend. The group of students and adults affected by the February, 2018 shooting that claimed 17 lives will attend a series of events and memorials in the Pittsburgh area, and meet with survivors of the Tree of Life shooting, when 11 people were killed at the Squirrel Hill synagogue in October, 2018.

In addition to visiting the Tree of Life Congregation, the delegation will also meet with students at Taylor Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill.

Parkland students started the March for Our Lives movement following the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School. Alex Radelich

The Post-Gazette reports the Pittsburgh Pirates will host representatives from Parkland and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh at their home game on Saturday . On Sunday the Parkland visitors will join local teens for a day of service.

Mayor Bill Peduto is also expected to meet with the students and adults during their visit to Pittsburgh.

Mayor Peduto and David Hogg sat side-by-side during a panel on reducing gun violence in January.

Students who survived the shooting in Parkland have become vocal activists int he 14 months that have followed, championing gun control legislation across the country. This week, Pittsburgh City Council approved new gun restrictions in the wake of the Tree of Life shooting.

In January, Peduto and Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg took part in a panel discussion on gun violence in Washington DC.

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