Just over a week after the mass shootings in both El Paso & Dayton, in addition to the additional more than 250 mass shootings throughout the United States this year, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin requested City Hall be illuminated the color orange.
City officials say the color has been synonymous with the effort to bring awareness to the gun violence epidemic and prevention since 2013. The Main street structure will be lit up Monday, August 12, 2019, the same day City Council is set to vote on ordinances surrounding gun violence.
The movement started after 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in Chicago, Illinois, while standing with friends in a park after school. Read more >>>