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Hundreds Gather In Support Of Orlando Shooting Victims

Jun 13, 2016

People in the Twin Cities gathered for a candlelight vigil to show support for the victims of a shooting at an LGBTQ night club in Orlando that claimed 49 lives. 

Mia Gilbert of Normal said the vigil was a way to let people know they're not alone. 

"In times like this, there is another safe area that you can go in a safe community who will be here for each other," she said. 

Sebastian Nassar of Normal said the vigil helps to inspire people to take action on behalf of the LGBTQ community, even if they aren't a member of it.  

"You don't have to be LGBTQ to sympathize for them, you just have to be human," he said.  

The vigil started at the local LGBTQ night club, The Bistro, with a march around the former McLean County Courthouse on the way to Withers Park along Washington Street. Featured speakers discussed the events and what people can do in the aftermath. Names of those who perished in the attack were read before a moment of silence and a song.