Calls for unity at Seattle vigil after Orlando mass shooting

About 1,000 people gathered at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle Sunday night to honor the 49 victims of a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. (Photo by Chloe Collyer.)
About 1,000 people gathered at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle Sunday night to honor the 49 victims of a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. (Photo by Chloe Collyer.)

About 1,000 people gathered at Cal Anderson Park Sunday night, to show solidarity with the victims of a mass shooting in Orlando.

Speakers at the vigil came from the LGBTQ, Muslim and Latino communities, and were joined by elected leaders included Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee. Speakers called for unity and to battle intolerance.

Mourners hug at a gathering at Cal Anderson Park on Sunday to commemorate the victims of a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. (Photo by Chloe Collyer.)
Mourners hug at a gathering at Cal Anderson Park on Sunday to commemorate the victims of a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. (Photo by Chloe Collyer.)
People in the crowd included supporters from the Muslim, Latino and LGBTQ communities. Speakers called for unity in the face of a hate-provoked crime. (Photo by Chloe Collyer.)
People in the crowd included supporters from the Muslim, Latino and LGBTQ communities. Speakers called for unity in the face of a hate-provoked crime. (Photo by Chloe Collyer.)

Early Sunday, 49 people at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay nightclub, died when a shooter, identified as Omaar Mateen, 29, opened fire and took the people in the club hostage with an AR-15 style rifle. Mateen was killed by police several hours after the start of the incident, when they tried to enter Pulse Orlando.

Mateen had called 9-1-1 just before the shooting and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. However, his ex-wife said he had been exhibiting signs of mental illness in the years before the shooting and his father said he believed Mateen’s actions were driven by his hatred of the LGBTQ community and not by his religion. CAIR and other Muslim groups nationally also condemned the shooting as a hate crime.

Mourners gathered at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle to commemorate the victims of the shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Florida. (Photo by Chloe Collyer.)
About 1,000 people gathered at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle to commemorate the victims of the shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Florida. (Photo by Chloe Collyer.)
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1 Comment

  1. >>>
    Orlando’s hellish massacre;
    Rampage alarmed America;
    Losing fifty lives in short time;
    A death toll like that in wartime;
    No violence may people all pray;
    Dwell in men’s hearts is love each day.
    Our God may you hear all these lines.

    Amen.

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