Over 150 cities across the country – including Durango – have declared Fri., June 2, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Championed by a group calling itself Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the day is held in remembrance of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, of Chicago, as well as other gun victims throughout the country.

In January 2013, Pendleton was shot and killed in a park after school by two men who mistook her and her friends for a rival gang. Just two weeks earlier she had performed at President Obama’s inauguration as part of her school’s dance troupe.

According to organizers of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, more than 90 people die and hundreds more are injured from gun violence every day. Friends and loved ones of Pendleton chose the color orange because “orange demands to be seen, and we demand to see change in our country.”

Here in Durango, the City Council has designated Fri., June 2, as Durango Gun Violence Awareness Day. Locals can observe this day by wearing orange on June 2 and also by coming out for the Wear Orange Rally at Buckley Park on Sat., June 3, from 4 – 5 p.m.

For more on Hadiya, check out this video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7T6EoGNNG8