Paul McCartney, one of thousands attending New York City’s rally in the nationwide #MarchForOurLives on Saturday, took a moment to remember former Beatles bandmate, John Lennon.
Walking close to Central Park, the iconic musician said it had special relevance thanks to its proximity to where Lennon was gunned down nearly 40 years ago.
“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here,” McCartney told CNN of the march.
Lennon was shot and killed in front of his apartment building The Dakota, by Mark David Chapman in 1980.
Referring to Lennon as his “best friend,” McCartney told the news network the issue was “important” to him.
#MarchForOurLives rallies are being held in cities nationwide, including in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Fort Worth and in Parkland, Florida, where a month ago 17 people were killed in a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," says Paul McCartney, remembering his Beatles bandmate John Lennon at the March for Our Lives in New York City https://t.co/u4aBKWC1Jb pic.twitter.com/8Jnjn8A3xH
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