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National Cathedral turns orange for gun violence victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The west entrance of the Washington National Cathedral (WNC) was bathed in orange light on Friday night in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

The event, now in its third year, aims to raise awareness about and to push for an end to gun violence.

Orange is associated with the day because it was the favorite color of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013, a week after performing around Washington, D.C. in the lead-up to President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

The cathedral's mourning bell was also rung 93 times in honor of the 93 people who organizers said die each day in the United States as a result of gun violence.

"And that's not something we do all the time. We do it on moments of great importance and we're doing it 93 times for the 93 people who will die today from gun violence," said WNC spokesperson Kevin Eckstrom.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also marked the day by building an osprey nest out of illegal guns that have been seized by the Metropolitan Police Department (Bowser said almost 900 illegal guns have been seized so far in 2017). The nest will be placed on the roof of the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center.