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Updated: 06/13/2018 08:30:01AM

Student leaders organize ‘die-in’

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Elaine Lowry and Ann Dixon, both with Indivisible Action, take part in Tuesday's event.

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The Rev. Mike Ford of Punta Gorda Congregational United Church of Christ takes part in the die-in in front of Congressman Tom Rooney's office.

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Over a dozen protesters symbolically died for 12 minutes on the courthouse steps in downtown Punta Gorda.

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Jim Deeble picks a spot near the 49 candles set out to honor victims of the Pulse massacre.

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Lianna Hubbard joins her fellow protesters in "dying" on the steps of the old Charlotte County Courthouse.

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Between operating a voter registration booth, local activists lie down bearing signs remembering victims and survivors of the Orlando shooting.

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Protesters resurrect the March for our Lives motto "Enough is Enough" at Tuesday's die-in.

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Student organizer Lianna Hubbard protests, peaceful but unbending, on the steps of the old courthouse.

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Lianna Hubbard addresses the crowd gathered outside of Congressman Rooney's Punta Gorda office.

By KAYLA GLEASON

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On the second anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub massacre Tuesday, student leader Lianna Hubbard and a dozen others “died” on the steps of the old Charlotte County Courthouse.

Hubbard, a home-schooled rising junior, along with supporters from groups like Indivisible Action Charlotte, All Rainbow and Allied Youth and Charlotte County Democrats, organized the “die-in” to advocate gun control, remember victims and call for change. They “died” outside U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney’s Punta Gorda office.

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