A father and son share an unimaginable common experience: both have survived separate mass shootings, one in Las Vegas and the other in Parkland, Florida.
Braden Freidkes is a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was inside when the gunman started shooting. He eventually made it out and into his parent's arms.
"We were one of the lucky ones. We were able to get him and he was safe," said John Freidkes, Braden's father.
But now, Braden and his dad have a shared experience. His dad was in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire onto a concert crowd below.
"There was a crowd of people running towards us yelling 'there's a shooter there's a shooter,'" John said. "We were lucky enough to jump in a taxi cab where there were two women in there already. One was hyperventilating, the other was seemingly in shock."
Now, just months later, he doesn't know what to tell his son.
"My parents never had to talk me about situations like this, so it's unfortunately fresh" John said. "I don't know what to tell my kid. I tell him to be alert, don't live in fear. You get up every morning and you're afraid to turn on the news."
Now, marches are being organized all across the country to pressure Congress into passing gun reform and make schools safer.
"I want to come home to see my parents every day. I don't want to be a kid that doesn't come home and they're going to be suffering for a long time," Braden said.
It's a suffering that's become a dark chapter in the community and one that's brought a father and son closer together in a way that neither of them could have ever imagined.
Father, son survive separate mass shootings in Las Vegas, Parkland, Fla.
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