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Candles were lit on the evening of Sept. 17, 2013, to honor the victims of the Navy Yard shooting.

Candles were lit on the evening of Sept. 17, 2013, to honor the victims of the Navy Yard shooting. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Candles were lit on the evening of Sept. 17, 2013, to honor the victims of the Navy Yard shooting.

Candles were lit on the evening of Sept. 17, 2013, to honor the victims of the Navy Yard shooting. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells, far right, bows his head during a moment of silence on Sept. 17, 2013. He was part of a small crowd that gathered to honor the victims of the Navy Yard shooting.

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells, far right, bows his head during a moment of silence on Sept. 17, 2013. He was part of a small crowd that gathered to honor the victims of the Navy Yard shooting. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Outside the main gates of the Navy Yard, a small bouquet of flowers and flags were taped around a pole.

Outside the main gates of the Navy Yard, a small bouquet of flowers and flags were taped around a pole. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A police car is parked outside the Navy Yard gates and across from a makeshift memorial on Sept. 17, 2013.

A police car is parked outside the Navy Yard gates and across from a makeshift memorial on Sept. 17, 2013. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A woman with Moms Demand Action takes a moment to reflect on the lives of the shooting victims at the Navy Yard.

A woman with Moms Demand Action takes a moment to reflect on the lives of the shooting victims at the Navy Yard. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Neil Heslin, the father of a first grader killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., spoke to the crowd gathered in front of the Navy Yard.

Neil Heslin, the father of a first grader killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., spoke to the crowd gathered in front of the Navy Yard. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A day after a lone gunman killed 12 people at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., a small group of people gathered for a vigil outside the gates on September 17, 2013. Holding candles in paper cups, the members took turns speaking to the small gathering, asking for gun “sense.” Among the group was Neil Heslin, the father of a first grader who was killed in Newton, Conn., almost a year ago, and D.C. councilmember Tommy Wells.

Email: tibbetts.meredith@stripes.com

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