'Happy Birthday' sing-along at March for Our Lives protest becomes emotional

Slain Parkland student Nicholas Dworet would have turned 18 today.

March 24, 2018, 2:23 PM

Overcome with emotion, one Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivor, her voice shaking, led the March for Our Lives crowd in D.C. in a round of "Happy Birthday" in honor of her slain classmate, Nicholas Dworet, who would have turned 18 years old today.

Some in the crowd held each other close as they joined along and sang.

PHOTO: Nicholas Dworet is seen here in this undated file photo.
Nicholas Dworet is seen here in this undated file photo.
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Dworet, one of 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, was a passionate swimmer who was headed to the University of Indianapolis to join the university's swim team, his family said.

"He was a happy young man full of joy and life," his family said in a statement. "He dreamed of making the Olympic swim team and going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He believed he could accomplish anything as long as he tried his best."

PHOTO: Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Samantha Fuentes speaks on the stage in Washington D.C.for the March For Our Live rally, March 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Samantha Fuentes speaks on the stage in Washington D.C.for the March For Our Live rally, March 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
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