Richard Martinez, father of Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez , who was among several slain Friday in a shooting rampage, spoke Tuesday at the University of California Santa Barbara’s Harder Stadium during a memorial service in honor of the victims. (Lucy Nicholson /Reuters)

Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was killed in 2012 by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., posted an open letter on Facebook to Richard Martinez, whose son Chris was killed Friday in the rampage in Santa Barbara, Calif. In the letter posted Tuesday, Barden welcomes Martinez to the “extended family” of parents who have lost children to gun violence and offers support for Martinez’s call for legislative action in the wake of the Santa Barbara shootings.

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The Washington Post’s Eli Saslow profiled Mark and Jackie Barden in 2013.