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Hundreds Of Mourners Attend Vigil For Florida School Shooting Victims

Seventeen balloons were released to honor those who had died.

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Florida on Thursday, one day after a mass shooting at a local high school left at least 17 people dead. 

Gov. Rick Scott (R) was among those who attended the outdoor service at Parkridge Church in Coral Springs, CBS Miami reported. More than a dozen ministers presided over the vigil, which was one of several planned in the area throughout the day. 

Seventeen balloons were released at the end of the service to honor the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

See photos from the vigil below.

  • Students mourn during a community prayer vigil for victims of Wednesday's shooting.
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    Students mourn during a community prayer vigil for victims of Wednesday's shooting.
  • Mourners gather during a prayer vigil.
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    Mourners gather during a prayer vigil.
  • A woman breaks down with emotion during the vigil.
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    A woman breaks down with emotion during the vigil.
  • Vigil participants hold hands. 
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    Vigil participants hold hands. 
  • A mother tries to comfort her weeping daughter at the end of the vigil. 
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    A mother tries to comfort her weeping daughter at the end of the vigil. 
  • Mourners hug.
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    Mourners hug.
  • Alyssa Kramer, 16, gets a hug from her mother, Tonja Kramer. 
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    Alyssa Kramer, 16, gets a hug from her mother, Tonja Kramer. 
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  • Daniel Journey, center, an 18-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, at the vigil. 
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    Daniel Journey, center, an 18-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, at the vigil. 
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  • A student rests his head against his mother.
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    A student rests his head against his mother.
  • City, county and state officials release balloons in honor of the victims.
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    City, county and state officials release balloons in honor of the victims.