Across The Country, Vigils Honor Victims Of Orlando Attack

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People gather Monday in Philadelphia for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting.i

People gather Monday in Philadelphia for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting.

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People gather Monday in Philadelphia for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting.

People gather Monday in Philadelphia for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting.

Matt Rourke/AP

Vigils, marches and rallies were held across the country and the world on Monday evening to remember the victims of the deadly attack in Orlando.

Events were held in New York, Vermont, Florida, California, Alaska, Rhode Island, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Another vigil is scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta, Ga.

Surrounded by volunteers, family and friends of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting leave the Beardall Senior Center where they gathered to learn more information about loved ones who were injured or killed in the shooting on Sunday.

In New York, thousands gathered outside the Stonewall Inn, the site of a 1969 police raid that launched the modern gay rights movement.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined the vigil and delivered a full-throated demand for what he called “sensible gun control.”

“How many people have to die before this federal government comes to its senses? We had Columbine, we had Virginia Tech, we had Sandy Hook, we had San Bernardino, we had Aurora, Colorado. When does it stop?” he asked the cheering crowd.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack in Orlando not just an attack on 49 Americans. “It was an attack on American values,” he said.

A woman pauses while writing the names of shooting victims in chalk in a park across from the iconic New York City gay and lesbian bar, The Stonewall Inn, on Monday in New York City.

“We do not accept anyone who would sow division and hatred. We do not accept the notion of any of our leaders sowing hatred and division, particularly in the wake of tragedy, and that means you, Donald Trump.”

Also on Monday night, the Eiffel Tower was lit up in the colors of the rainbow, to honor the LGBT community. In London’s Soho neighborhood, a gay nightlife hub, people observed two minutes of silence and released 49 balloons into the air, one for each victim.

And in Orlando, at the Dr. Phillips center, bells tolled 49 times to honor the victims.

Facebook user Dave Sirak captured 360 video of the vigil as the Orlando Gay Chorus performed.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/14/481988650/across-the-country-vigils-honor-victims-of-orlando-attack?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

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