After the mass shooting at Club Blu that killed two teens and injured more than a dozen people, many are wondering why a teen event was still open so late.
Larry Aguilar and his team at the Quality Life Center strive to prevent teens from finding themselves in these situations.
“These children need something constructive to do on a consistent basis, and we can show our children how to disagree and not to have take someone's life,” he said.
After seeing the event flyer advertising a “swimsuit party” for teens, he and others are wondering why a teen event would be open to adults, involve swimsuits, and stay open late.
“I’m not telling people how to bring up their children, but when I heard there were kids in there as young as 12-years-old, and there were old people in there, yeah, I have a problem. I think we need to rethink that,” Aguilar said.
Leon Donaldson was invited to the party by some friends, but said he had a bad feeling about it.
“It was just too many people were saying they were going to be at one party. They were talking about everybody is coming in swimwear, all types of things. Like, why are we having a swimwear party at this type of building?” he said.
Aguilar said the Q will keep working to push their message to stop the violence and help teens make something of themselves.
“We’re going to fight for these kids, and for the people out there that think gunplay is cool, we're going to win. In the end, we're going to win,” he said.
The Quality Life Center will be having a vigil for the victims of this shooting on Thursday at 6:30pm.