June 13, 2016 - 4:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - Local groups are planning a vigil to remember the 50 people killed in a gay club in Orlando this past weekend.
The Kamloops Pride organization, United Church and university pride club are still finalizing details, but the event will have a variety of purposes including giving people room to grieve, a sign of solidarity and to discuss the complex situation which led to the shooting, Thompson Rivers University Pride Club president Lino Caputo says.
The event, planned for 7 p.m., Thursday, June 16, at the United Church at Fourth Avenue and St. Paul Street, will include speeches and socializing in support of the local and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer community. The event is open to the public and people of all faiths.
The attack in Orlando left 50 people dead and 53 wounded after a lone gunman entered a nightclub early Sunday morning.
Caputo says the fact the largest mass shooting in U.S. history happened against the LGBTQ community is no coincidence.
“For people my age, I haven’t experienced an event of this magnitude against my community,” he says.
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