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Lucy McBath marks six years since son's murder

Tragic shootings have shaped McBath's career.

Friday marked 6 years to the day Lucy McBath's heartbreaking journey began.

The Congresswoman-elect posted photos of her son Jordan Davis on social media along with a touching message about how her son's death inspires her life's work.

It was a Friday night, Nov. 23, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida. The 17-year-old Davis was sitting in an SUV with his friends in a gas station parking lot.

Michael Dunn pulled up next to Davis and complained about the loud rap music coming from the teen's vehicle.  After a few words were exchanged, Dunn opened fire, killing Davis. Dunn was convicted on October 1, 2014, and sentenced to a life behind bars.

McBath became a "reluctant activist." Friday, she posted on social media, "on the day after I lost my son to gun violence, 96 families learned what I did the day before - they, too, lost a loved one to gun violence.

"And since my son's murder, almost 220,000 families have lost a loved one to gun violence," she added.

McBath began a crusade against gun violence. She said her friends encouraged her to run for political office.  It was another infamous shooting that inspired her to run. 

Valentine's Day 2018, 17 students and staff members at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida were killed by a lone gunman.

McBath said the images of that day were the motivation needed to run against Rep. Karen Handel. 

She was a long shot. The 6th District was reliably conservative. But the Marietta mother was on a mission. 

On Nov. 8, Karen Handel conceded the race. The same day we learned 13 people were killed in Thousand Oaks, California in a mass shooting.