LGBT-inclusive church holds vigil after Orlando nightclub shooting
Hundreds gather at Hermann Park
HOUSTON – Hundreds of people came together in song and in prayer Sunday evening following the shooting death of 50 people at LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“I hope that through an outpouring like this that people see that we do care, that there is love and we are a community,” Steven Bailey said.
It was a moment of condolences, but most importantly, it was a moment of unity and healing.
The gathering near Hermann Park was organized to help the Houston community cope with the devastating news and a vigil to remember the lives lost.
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"This is a very special weekend for us,” Bailey said. “We were on cloud nine because we just got engaged last night and the news this morning really saddened us.”
“It’s more than sad, I think it’s just devastating,” Victoria Mount said.
Mount said she remembers marching in 1975.
“There were people waiting to hit us with bats,” Mount said. “That was a long time ago, and I thought we had gotten passed all that.”
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