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Anthony Rizzo Visits Hometown After Mass Shooting

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Anthony Rizzo Visits Hometown After Mass Shooting

Mia Rugai '19, Sports Editor

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Chicago knows Anthony Rizzo as a first baseman, World Series Champion, and of course, a beloved Cub; but he is also a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the site of the deadly mass shooting.
This hit home for Rizzo, as he missed spring training to visit his hometown the day after the shooting. There, he spoke at the vigil and offered any support and comfort that he could give to the grieving community. Rizzo speaks with hurt and passion, and feels responsible to spark change about this growing trend of gun violence.
He mentions the recurring cycle of these shootings: we are first horrified that children are witnessing this unthinkable violence. We then grow angry that the issue is out of our control, and nothing is done about it. Eventually, it is forgotten and the nation moves on, without any change taking place.
“But then it happens in your own town,” he said.
Rizzo is pushed by his personal connection to this tragedy, as he knew many families of the victims, and the victims themselves. One being football coach Aaron Feis, who was killed after shielding students from the shooter. Feis coached Rizzo’s brother for four years and was a family friend. He is a hero to the Rizzo family and the Parkland community.
Rizzo speaks out for change, yet never mentions gun laws in any way. He does, however, highlight that action does need to be taken. Anthony Rizzo proves to be both a leader on and off the field, as he stands up to end this cycle and support his hometown through this time of grief.

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Anthony Rizzo Visits Hometown After Mass Shooting