This Father of a Parkland Victim Is Turning Grief into Activism

Manuel Oliver rededicated his life to educating young activists about gun violence after his son was killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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17 June 2018, 7:36pm

Last February, Manuel Oliver’s world turned upside down. His teenage son, Joaquin, was one of 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In the months since his son's passing, Oliver has 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.

"This generation is very powerful," Oliver said. "When I see Joaquin’s friends being mad, out there demanding for changes, then I see a difference coming."

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’s graduation to accept Joaquin’s diploma.

This article originally appeared on VICE US.