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Alexa and Chris Knierim Dedicated Their Figure Skating Program to the Florida Shooting Victims

Team USA figure skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim dedicated their program on Wednesday night to the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“We wanted to skate for the 17 children that died in the Florida shooting. And today was much more than about us,” Scimeca Knierim said in a post-skate interview. The two were competing in the pair figure skating finals.

Yesterday, a gunman opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 children. The suspected shooter, a 19-year-old former student at the school named Nikolas Cruz, has been taken into custody.

This was the 18th school shooting of the year, and the deadliest school shooting since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012.

“We’re still privileged and lucky to be doing what we’re doing and it’s so sad that 17 people died from the United States,” Scimeca Knierim also told the press after the event. “I told Chris today that the world is so much bigger than us and I’m disappointed at the way we performed today, but I mean there are so many people hurting at home getting the news that their children have died.”

Scimeca Knierim reiterated these thoughts on Twitter, also.

"May the hearts of those who are mourning the loss of victims in the shooting today be lifted up. You are on my mind and on my heart. God bless you all," Scimeca Knierim wrote in her tweet.

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