News of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida ripped through the winter guard community. Shooting victim, Gina Montalto, 14, competed in the Stoneman Douglas High School Winter Guard, and likely would have appeared at the WGI competition at UD Arena in April 2018.
WGI representative, Bart Woodley, issued this statement Thursday:
“As an organization, WGI Sport of the Arts is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of lives in this senseless act of violence. One of these lives being a WGI performer certainly brings this tragedy even closer to the hearts of the thousands of participants across the world in the marching arts. All of our hearts are broken. We are sick with sadness at all those suffering at Stoneman Douglas, but what remains of our broken hearts belong to the students, parents, teachers, and first responders.”
Guards from all over the world united to remember Gina and to also stand together against senseless acts of violence in our communities. Members of Fusion Winter Guard held a moment of silence at its rehearsal and dedicated their performance the WGI South Brunswick Regional to Gina and the members of Stoneman Douglas High School.