Shoes lined up in DC to represent shooting victims

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- On her way to work on Friday morning, WUSA9's Erin Van der Bellen noticed shoes lined up along Westmoreland Circle plus a sign saying

We visited the website ( and found this explainer:

"The empty shoes on Westmoreland Circle represent the people who are shot each day. These shoes remind us of the people who are shot and will not walk into their homes today… who will not hop onto a nearby bus… who will not walk along a sidewalk or into a classroom.

The weekend of March 13-16 is Gun Violence Sabbath… a weekend designed to raise awareness by communities of faith about gun violence in the United States.

The shoes on Westmoreland Circle were placed there by members of Westmoreland Church's Anti-Gun Violence Task Force.

Westmoreland Circle is a lovely place, a bucolic passageway between DC and Bethesda. To some, it may be surprising and unseemly to see empty shoes "littered" around Westmoreland Circle. It is far more shocking and disturbing that an average of 289 people are shot each day in this country. The images of Columbine and Newtown and the Navy Yard are far more upsetting than a display of shoes.

We hope these shoes on the circle remind you of these tragic deaths."

According to the website, the shoes will be given to Interfaith Works, which serves people in need in Montgomery County, Md.


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