Manuel and Patricia Oliver, whose son Joaquin Oliver was killed in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, voted for the first time today in Parkland, Florida.
They are immigrants from Venezuela, and this is their first opportunity to vote as US citizens.
They became citizens 24 days before their son was killed.
The Olivers started a nonprofit organization called "Change the Ref" in their sons honor. The Olivers have crisscrossed the country with powerful art installations and messages to stop violence. They said they cast their vote for their son and the others who were killed in Feb. 14 shooting.
Here's why they are voting today: “We are leading a fight in my son's honor," Manuel Oliver said. “I am sad but needed to make my voice active (and) make these politicians accountable.”
He believes in democracy and wants other Latinos to get out and vote.
“You are not criminals and you can make a change. We have the opportunity to do that by voting," Manuel Oliver said.
“I am mad because my son would’ve been 18 and voted today for the first time too," he added.
Manuel Oliver said they will not stop their fight.