Victims of Orlando shooting remembered in Tallahassee

A vigil was held at First Presbyterian Church on Monday night to remember those who lost their lives in the massacre in Orlando.
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By: Erin Lisch
June 13, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hundreds of people filled the First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee on Monday night to remember those who lost their lives in the massacre in Orlando.

Mayor Andrew Gillum took to the podium and said, "The LGBT community was targeted."

Grave faces, all remembering those affected by the massacre at Pulse nightclub.

"We need those people on the sidelines to wake up, and see the humanity that is in each and every breathing person," said Mayor Gillum.

Islamic Center of Tallahassee's Ahmed Rashidi said, "The Muslim community joins the fellow Americans, renouncing anyone or any group who claim to justify or excuse such heinous acts of violence."

The lights were turned off, candles were lit and names of the victims were read.

The room filled with members of the LGBT community and their supporters, including politicians, law enforcers, and leaders of the Islamic faith. This all showing the strength of the capital city.

Sitting in the first row of the vigil, was LGBT community member Jerry Edwards.

"I've had a lot of sadness and anger, and seeing everyone here, brings the community together," Edwards said.

Adorned in a rainbow shirt for gay pride, Isabelle Potts said, "It just seems that it's important for gay people and our allies to turn up when things like this happen."

Representative Alan Williams says this community and this nation will stay strong, "We can definitely show that love will conquer, we cannot let hate and fear win today."

A night of reflection and hopes to pledge for equality, and to make that pledge the church full of people yelled, "Orlando Strong!"


UPDATE: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 13, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The location of Monday's remembrance service has been changed to First Presbyterian Church, 110 N. Adams Street, due to weather concerns.


By: Alicia Turner
June 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- About 100 people gathered at Lake Ella Sunday evening to pray for the victims of the mass nightclub shooting in Orlando.

An LGBT advocacy group called Capital Equality hosted the vigil.

People in attendance, including the mayor and superintendent, lit candles and walked a silent lap around Lake Ella.

Some folks wiped away tears as speakers called on the crowd to "drive out hate."

Capital Equality is hosting another remembrance service Monday. It will be held on the steps of the Florida Capitol at 7 p.m.


...at the vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting in Tallahassee, Fla. on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The event was held by the Tallahassee LGBTQ Greek Council. Photo: Charles Roop


 

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