Joaquin Oliver was one of the 17 students and faculty murdered on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a former student allegedly opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle. On Sunday, his fellow seniors will walk across the stage at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, to accept their diplomas. But Joaquin and three other seniors gunned down — Nicholas Dworet, Meadow Pollack and Carmen Schentrup — will not be there. Joaquin's parents, Manuel and Patricia Oliver, sat down with ABC’s “Nightline” remembering their 17-year-old son’s “deep” mind and open spirit. Nearly four months later, the mourning parents continue to grapple with the loss. “You have no idea … what it feels to get back home and not have your son here,” Manuel said, choking up. “And not having anybody to say ‘Hi!’ to. “It’s an empty space. And it’s sad. And you cry a lot. And you don’t sleep well. And you try to fight for an answer that is not there yet.” The Olivers have since founded a nonprofit organization called Change the Ref , a platform inspired by their son in part to educate and empower youth in the movement to end… Read full this story
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