Aug 4, 2018
Joaquin Oliver's 17th birthday was celebrated with a surprise party - a gathering of nearly 50 friends and family who packed his house in Florida. Born in Venezuela, he had just received his American citizenship. He was about to begin his senior year of high school.
A year later, his friends and family stood outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax County, Virginia, surrounded by hundreds of protesters and sang "Happy Birthday" through waves of tears. Joaquin was one of the 17 people killed in a February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. His 18th birthday would have been Saturday.