7,000 children's shoes are lined up on the US Capitol lawn in a stunning memorial commemorating childhood victims of gun violence

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Activists lined up 7,000 pairs of empty children’s shoes outside the US Capitol on Tuesday.

The stunning display commemorates the estimated amount of children killed by guns since a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

The display comes just one day ahead of a planned nationwide school walkout honoring the victims of last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Students across the country plan to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 students and staff members who were killed in the February 14 massacre.

The memorial was set up by Avaaz, a group that mobilizes activists largely through online campaigns and petitions. Here’s what it looks like on the lawn:

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Dozens of activists stood in front of the shoes on Tuesday, holding signs with slogans like “#NOTONEMORE” and “7000 KIDS KILLED”

Source: Reuters

Researchers have estimated that 1,300 children in the US die each year after being shot, and another 5,790 are injured.

Source: Pediatrics

Avaaz came up with the 7,000 figure by multiplying the estimated rate of fatalities by the five years and three months that have passed since the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012.

Source: NBC 4 Washington

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7,000 children's shoes are lined up on the US Capitol lawn in a stunning memorial commemorating childhood victims of gun violence