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WATCH: Gun violence survivors speak out at hearing with Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats will hear from survivors of gun violence Wednesday as they host a hearing on how to better protect children.

Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., are hosting a hearing on gun violence Wednesday afternoon. Watch live in the player above.

The event, called “America Speaks Out: Protecting Our Children From Gun Violence,” will feature testimony from survivors of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, along with educators, activists, police officers and family members of victims of other mass shootings, including those at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, and Virginia Tech.

The hearing comes hours after a grand jury indicted Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz on 17 counts of first-degree murder.

If he’s convicted, Cruz could face the death penalty, the Associated Press reported.

PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.