How a Father Deals with Loss After the Parkland Shooting

In February, Manuel Oliver’s son Joaquin was killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. He’s since dedicated himself to fighting for gun reform, starting a nonprofit with his wife, Patricia, that aims to empower young activists to campaign against gun violence.

VICE met up with Oliver to hear how activism has helped him cope with the loss of his son, and followed along as he and his wife took to the stage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ’s graduation to accept Joaquin’s diploma.

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