October 25, 2022

Vigil After CVPA High School Shooting Draws St. Louisans to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]

Nine hours after a gunman killed two people at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and injured at least seven more, community members gathered for a vigil in Tower Grove Park.

A crowd of approximately 100 people gathered at 6:30 p.m. around Roman Pavillion. There wasn’t a script. One by one, people walked the steps of the pavilion and spoke to the crowd. Students who said they ran past a dead body that morning. Politicians, like Mayor Tishaura Jones and U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-St. Louis), who called for change. A CVPA teacher, Ashley Merideth, who led the crowd in singing “Amazing Grace.”

“Music,” Merideth said from the steps of the pavilion, “is a healing experience.” That’s what she tells her students at Central.

Some audience members cried. Some held candles. Some hugged their loved ones. Most just listened. They let the weight of the moment weigh on them. A teacher and a student were killed this morning at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School.
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Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]
Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]
Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]
Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]
Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]
Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]
Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]
Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]
Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]
Vigil After St. Louis School Shooting Draws Hundreds to Tower Grove Park [PHOTOS]