MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – There was a harmony of shared pain at Landmark Middle School as parents, students, and teachers said goodbye to Diego, a student who died as a result of violence on the campus in Moreno Valley that preaches anti-bullying.

Ryan Sanchez and Daniel Lopez are students in the Moreno Valley School District. They were on hand singing to support their fellow peers at a special vigil.

“It’s hard for us to comprehend exactly,” Lopez said.

“To see his friends on the microphone, talk about an experience like this, talk about losing one of their own,” said Sanchez. “I will never be able to understand what losing someone at that kind of age would feel like.”

But this isn’t the first time this school district has been in the spotlight for violence. Earlier this year, sheriff deputies had to use pepper balls to stop a fight at this same school.

Karla Pulombo has multiple daughters in the district. She is tired of worrying about their safety at a place of learning.

“We need strong policy and literally stick with it,” Pulombo said.

Moreno Valley Unified superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora didn’t announce district policy changes Thursday night, but did say he will assign Landmark a school resource officer.

“They are watching with vigilance what’s happening on our campuses,” Kedziora said.

As for Sanchez and Lopez, they are holding students responsible to prevent this from happening again.

“The person who recorded it could have prevented this whole ordeal if they would have just said something, even if it was a simple ‘stop” it could have helped instead of doing nothing to stay behind,” said Sanchez.

The district wants students to sing a song of peace with each other for their own future and to ensure Diego’s memory isn’t in vain.