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Los Angeles-Area Students Travel to Washington for March for Our Lives Rally

Fifteen students from five Los Angeles area high schools boarded buses to Washington, D.C., early Friday to begin their trip to the nation’s capital to participate in the March for Our Lives rally against gun violence.

Students at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies joined in a national student walkout in support of the Parkland, Fla., victims and survivors on March 14. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Students at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies joined in a national student walkout in support of the Parkland, Fla., victims and survivors on March 14. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Thousands of students are expected to take part in such rallies across the country Saturday as part of a movement that found its voice after a 19-year-old wielding a semiautomatic rifle killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month.

Edna Chavez of Manual Arts High south of downtown Los Angeles is part of the student delegation headed to the Washington rally, where she’s a scheduled speaker. Chavez, said her goal is to call attention to a broader kind of violence that permeates her community daily. Her brother was 14 when he was killed in a shooting outside their home in 2007.

Chavez is appealing for more than gun control — she said she wants improved mental health services, mentorship programs and job opportunities.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.