Florida father will put 3D-printed statue of son killed in Parkland shooting in Washington D.C.

3D printed guns? How 'bout a 3D-printed gun violence victim?

"Guac is not a victim. He is an activist. Join 3D-Guac, his family and many new friends at the Capitol to send a loud reminder that we won’t stop until we put an end to gun violence." — @March4OurLives on Twitter, Jan. 3.

On Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at the corner of Independence Ave. and 1st St. SE in Washington, D.C., a 3D-printed statue of Joaquin "Guac" Oliver will appear as part of a rally for stricter gun laws. Oliver, a 17-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior who should have graduated in 2018, died when a gunman opened fire at the Parkland high school on Valentine's Day 2018.

His father, Manuel, has been adamant that his son be viewed as an activist rather than a victim.

Manuel Oliver will speak in Tampa after the Jan. 12 matinee of Columbinus, a play about school shootings featuring local teens and professional actors. Want a good cry? Take a look at Joaquin "Guac" Oliver's Instagram.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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