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Five people associated with some of the nation's tragic mass shootings speak in Youngstown

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"Survival and Moving Forward," a panel discussion featuring individuals associated with of some of the nation's most tragic mass shootings, including Sandy Hook, Stoneman Douglas and Columbine took place at Stambaugh auditorium Thursday evening.

Youngstown State University's Centofanti Symposium brought in the five individuals affected by five separate tragedies.

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold. He was one of the perpetrators at the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.

"I was shattered," said Klebold. "I was terrified, I was confused."

Fred Guttenberg is the father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was killed Feb. 14, 2018, when a gunman entered Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  His son called him as herd shots ringing out. He said he couldn't find his sister.

"The bullets he was hearing were the ones shooting his sister on the 3rd floor," said Guttenberg.

Kaitlin Roig is a former teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That is site of a mass shooting in 2012.

She described how the gunman got into the school and began shooting.
"He entered through a window which was about five feet from where we hunkered in place," said Roig. "Our principal and our school psychologist lost their lives on the other side of the cinder blocks. We heard them beg for their lives. My six- year- old students heard all of this."

Brandon Wolf is a survivor of the Orlando, Florida Pulse Nightclub shooting.

"I realized that if I didn't do things like this that my best friends Drew and Jaun would be just 2 of 49 victims and they wouldn't mean anything to anyone," said Wolf.

Susan Bro is the mother of Heather Heyer. Heyer was killed by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virgina in 2017 when he drove his car through a crowd of protesters.

"At her funeral I said you tried to silence her, but instead you magnified her," said Bro.

More than 400 people attended the panel discussion at Stambaugh Auditorium.

While each situation is different for the panelists, they all have loss and the want to make a difference in common.

"We ought to be doing effective background checks not just on the purchase of guns but on the purchase of ammunition as well," said Guttenberg.

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