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Survivors reflect on 20 year anniversary of Long Island Rail Road Massacre

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (PIX11) — It’s been two decades since a gunman opened fire on a crowded Long Island Railroad train, killing six and wounding 19.

Known as the “Long Island Rail Road Massacre,” the horrific shooting shocked the nation.

Survivors and victims’ families remembered the event Saturday. They hung wreathes at the Merillon Avenue Station in Garden City and spoke of their loved ones.
Joyce Gorycki’s husband died. “It stays with you for the rest of your life, to the day I die,”Gorycki said.

Colin Ferguson was convicted of the shooting and sentenced to 315 years in prison.

The shooting spurred Carolyn McCarthy to run for Congress in 1996. Her husband was killed on the train. Her main platform was gun control. And she works towards that to this day. But McCarthy has said there is a lot more work to be done.

“We have to keep reminding people this happens every day. The mass killings, thank god, are far and in between but people are being murdered every day,” Congresswoman McCarthy said.