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Hundreds attend vigil for victims of Orlando attack (17 photos)

We will light a candle in the names of each of the victims and extinguish the darkness

Hundreds gathered at city hall Tuesday night, to show their support for victims  killed or injured early Sunday morning at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

"It's very heartwarming to see everybody here tonight," said David Bradbury, president of Pride Barrie. "It's just been a really terrible few days."

Pride Barrie members organized the vigil as a way to pay respects to the 49 people killed and dozens injured by a gunman at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  A Barrie Pride banner signed by hundreds of people will be sent to Orlando later this week.

"We want to let them know that there is support for them from around the world," Bradbury said.

Organizers were pleased with the turnout of about 400 people.

"It's great see how many people care about the lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans-gender community," he said. "Our hearts are broken." 

It was a sombre tribute, with music, speeches from dignitaries, and time to reflect on the tragic event. 

"On Saturday we had the Pride Barrie parade and it was amazing. Then we woke up on Sunday and it was horrible," Bradbury said.

The attack is the worst mass shooting in US history. 

Vigils have been held in communities around the world and many more are planned. 

Those attending the Barrie event say it is comforting to stand together with fellow community members.

"This feels really supportive and warm," said Shelley Paul. "We have really come a long way, but obviously we have a lot more to do so that everyone can be safe and accepted for who they are in this world."

As the names of the 49 people killed in Orlando were read aloud, candles were lit around the Circle at the Centre, as a tribute.

"On Saturday, the sun was shining as we were all celebrating Pride," said Bonnie North. "Tonight we are holding candles to push back the darkness.

"We will light a candle in the names of each of the victims and extinguish the darkness."




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Robin MacLennan

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Robin MacLennan has been a reporter, photographer and editor for the daily media in Barrie, across Simcoe County and Toronto for many years. She is a proud member of the Barrie community.
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