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Parkland Mayor Leans on Boston Roots to Help City Heal



    Boston Native Leading a Healing Parkland, Fla.

    The mayor of Parkland, Florida, where a tragic school shooting claimed 17 lives, is a native of Boston.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018)

    As she navigates her city through unimaginable pain, the mayor of Parkland, Florida, is leaning on her Boston values.

    "Growing up in Boston teaches you to have a sense of loyalty, to have a sense of community," Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said.

    Hunschofsky grew up in the Boston area. She attended Boston Latin for high school and Boston University for college. She then went to Babson College, where she received a M.B.A.

    On Wednesday, Parkland was forever changed. Seventeen students and teachers were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School. Hunschofsky is now charged with leading the city on a path towards healing.

    Candlelight Vigil Held for Parkland Shooting Victims

    [NECN] Candlelight Vigil Held for Parkland Shooting Victims

    The 17 killed in a school shooting in Florida were remembered Thursday night at a candlelight vigil.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018)

    "So much of what Boston has been through, with Boston Strong and bombing, there are similar things that we are going through, there is that pride, there is people coming out and helping, and bringing out that sense of community," she said.

    On Thursday night, more than a thousand people packed a vigil for those killed and injured.

    "There were a lot of tears here tonight," the mayor said.

    "You would see the same thing in Boston, you would see exactly the same thing in Boston," she went on. "The support, the loyalty, standing by each other in hard times, its exactly the same."

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