Protestors Leave Thousands of Shoes at US Capitol

7000 pairs of shoes on Capitol lawn to represent children lost to gun violence since Sandy Hook

"We are bringing Congress face to face with the heartbreak of gun violence", Oscar Soria, a senior campaigner with Avaaz, told ABC News.

"About five families came that were victims of gun violence", says Oscar Soria, senior campaigner with the protest group.

"I'll be traveling to D.C. literally wearing my son Daniel's shoes, the ones he wore the day he died at Columbine", Mauser said, according to a statement from Avaaz.

Avaaz, a global organization that coordinates demonstrations for progressive causes, created the shoe installation on the southeast lawn at about 8 a.m.

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The organization also said that some celebrities donated shoes as well, including Chelsea Handler, Alyssa Milano, Bette Midler, and Susan Sarandon. Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Dec 2012 until now, the math shakes out to roughly 7000 kids (0-17) killed by guns since then. "People are just coming and taking pictures and just looking at this reflection of gun violence". In November 2015, the group placed 11,000 pairs of shoes in Paris to protest climate change after the French Government canceled a march citing security concerns.

Activists and volunteers gathered at dawn, placing 7,000 colorful pairs of donated children's footwear side by side in a trapezoid shape to commemorate those who have died since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

A massive and powerful display in Washington Tuesday calling for an end to gun violence.

Tuesday's shoe memorial is reminiscent of a monument on the Danube River near the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest commemorating thousands of people, including Jews, killed by fascists in the 1940s.

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