"In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured, and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas community was forever altered".
Brothers Juan and Santiago Munera were exhausted but determined as they walked on Pennsylvania Avenue toward the main stage. "I think guns are dumb". But like the true survivor she is, Fuentes powered through and finished her prepared speech.
She added: "It would also benefit us to redefine what assault weapons are so that when we call for a ban against them, it's clear that we aren't trying to ban all guns".
President Donald Trump, at his golf resort in Mar-a-Lago, Fla., tweeted about Friday's terrorist attack in France on Saturday morning, but was silent on the march. "But we're here to shake them awake", she said.
That was the message that hundreds of thousands of protesters around the world had Saturday for lawmakers who have ignored the toll of gun violence and refused to pass meaningful gun reform legislation.
"Look around, we are the change", he told the cheering crowd. Our voices are powerful and our votes matter. "We must educate ourselves and start conversations that keep our country moving forward and we will. Don't worry, we've got this".
Before leaving the stage, she asked the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to a friend of hers who had been senselessly murdered in last month's shooting. They came to chant "Never Again", after the Valentine's Day mass shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
She spoke for just under two minutes on Saturday before tens of thousands of demonstrators, reciting the names of classmates who had been killed, including Caribbean roots victim, Helena Ramsay and Venezuela-born Joaquin Oliver. After the rally participants marched to Stoneman Douglas. "From 1966 to the Valentine's Day that my school proved to be less than bulletproof, almost 1,100 people have been killed in mass public shootings in the U.S. From the deaths of 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, to the 2016 massacre of mostly Latinx people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, to the loss of 58 lives at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas a year ago, we've seen mass shootings play out again and again and again".
Parkland student Autumn McKinney told the Herald that she wants alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz to know: "Even though he did something awful, it started something wonderful".
Actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal, a human rights lawyer, gave $500,000 to March for Our Lives and said their family will be at the event in Washington, D.C.