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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- Friday will mark the 19th anniversary since the deadly shooting at Columbine High School.

The community welcomed survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting to honor the lives lost and rally for change.

More than 60 survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting in Florida were in Colorado on Thursday.

They started with a private survivors meeting followed by a rally and then a vigil to help honor the lives lost in the Columbine tragedy on April 20, 1999.

The event was organized by the same group behind the March For Our Lives rallies held across the country last month.

Most of the students weren't alive when the Columbine shooting happened.

But because their generation has seen so many school shootings, they want to be the ones to end the violence.

"They were wearing the clothes that I wear," student Sam Craig said. "They had the backpacks that I buy. They were in the same classrooms that look just like mine. So it was really really sobering to see that and to think this could have just as easily been me."

Student organizers said the rally and vigil included a voter registration drive.

The vigil took place Thursday night at Clement Park where the Columbine memorial is located.

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