Miami Northwestern students hold walkout after killings of student, former student
2 other victims remain hospitalized after Sunday shooting
MIAMI – Students from Miami Northwestern Senior High School walked out of classes Tuesday morning to call for change after a fellow student and a former student were killed in a shooting over the weekend.
Sky 10 was above the area as the students walked out of class about 11:30 a.m.
Some held signs with messages like, "Enough is enough."
Several teens were also seen climbing onto the roof of an apartment building near the scene of Sunday's shooting, holding their signs up for all to see.
"We're walking out to show that we have a voice. We can speak out for the right thing," 10th-grader Samya McMillan said. "Stop the violence and everything that is very unnecessary in in today's society."
"It's just murder, murder, murder, and nothing ever changes. So we're here to start a movement," another student, Ricky Pope, said.
The students returned to class about an hour later.
Some politicians, like U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, said they are listening to the students' calls for action.
"We're moving right along with Parkland, listening to the children and how they're going to solve this inner-city gang, shooting, gun problem that we have," she said.
Police identified the victims killed Sunday as Kimson Green, 17, a 10th-grader at the school, and Rickey Dixon, 18, a former student.
School officials said Green was about to be inducted into the National Honor Society.
"If he got a B, he wanted to know what can he do to get an A in his assignment. That's the student we know," Green's teacher, Shakeita Gunder, said.
Relatives said Green was an only child.
"I got to bury my child -- my only child," Dominique Green said. "Parents be saying I had a good child. No, I really had an A1A student -- an A1A student – it's just where I live at. That's all."
Miami police said a group of people were in the alleyway off Northwest 63rd Street and 13th Avenue Sunday afternoon when a group of men approached them and started shooting.
"We don't know if it's a drive-by, or if they came on foot," Miami police Officer Kiara Delva said.
Miami Fire Rescue personnel pronounced Dixon dead at the scene. Green died at the hospital, and two more people remain hospitalized in critical condition.
Police said upward of 25 gunshots were heard in the area.
All four of the victims either currently attend or used to attend Miami Northwestern Senior High School, school officials said.
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