Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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FishHawk Ranch mom organizing 'Walk 27' tribute for school shooting victims

TAMPA — As a wife and mother of two daughters, Shawn Trotti's heart continues to ache for victims of the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting.

The FishHawk Ranch woman searched Facebook for different tributes to the students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary. She came across Walk 27, a page that encourages people around the world to honor the victims by walking together, wearing the school colors green and white, at 9:30 a.m. Friday for 27 minutes.

Trotti has organized a tribute extending beyond the 27 minutes. She will lead a group that will gather at the Sweetbay supermarket at 16751 Fishhawk Blvd. and walk to four schools in the area.

"FishHawk is an amazing community," said Trotti, who initially hoped to reach about dozen friends and now anticipates a much larger gathering. "We want to show support, but we're all at a loss for what to say and what to do. This will be a great way for them to know we're supporting them."

The Tampa Bay Times would like to know if others plan on participating in Walk 27. Please contact columnist Ernest Hooper at [email protected] if you're planning an event in the Tampa Bay area.

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