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On Friday, May 2, a candlelight vigil will be held at 10 p.m. in honor of Draper in the same location where her life was taken, 11601 S. Laflin. Those that are outside of Chicago can show their support by lighting an orange candle, taking a photo and uploading it to their social media networks using the hashtag #BrightLight.

The “oranging” of social media is only the beginning of a much larger movement. Adams shares:

“In Chicago, we have already brought together a team of 25 multicultural young professionals spanning the city that are fed up with the senseless violence robbing us of our best and brightest.  We are currently strategizing and arranging to bring all of these top community and anti-violence organizations into one initiative where we can pull our resources and finally work together having a larger impact.  We also hope that #BrightLight will also continue to bring people together nationwide starting with this vigil.  Nowadays social media is providing the connectivity needed for everyone to be affected by what is going on in Chicago.  We want people to know that it doesn’t matter where you are, you can make a difference in your community and also show your support for what we are doing to eradicate the issues in our own city.”

Funds are also being raised to support the MS Foundation, Project Orange Tree and memorial costs for the Draper family, and donations of any amount can be made via

WATCH: Leonore Draper and her husband, Jason Draper, talk living with MS 


Visit the Multiple Sclerosis center for more information.

Remembering Leonore Draper: #BrightLight Campaign Brings Awareness to Anti-Gun Violence & Multiple Sclerosis  was originally published on

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