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Community honors Pulse Nightclub victims with vigil at Capitol

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 18:06:25-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee community is coming together at the Capitol to pay tribute the lives lost four years ago at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

People will gather Friday evening to reflect on the 49 lives lost that shook the country, especially the LGBTQ+ community.

There will be 10 speakers from the Tallahassee Community Action Committee, Gender Odyssey at FSU, Tallahassee NOW and many more.

Advocates will discuss issues of violence against those who are transgender or homosexual across the nation.

The status of Tallahassee's LGBTQ+ community will be a topic as well.

Jay Galante says the main goal Friday night is to allow all 49 victims of the Pulse night club shooting to never be forgotten.

"It was a hate crime," said Galante, a member of Gender Odyssey at FSU and TCAC. "They were targeted, and not only was the LGBTQ+ community targeted at the queer night club that was attacked, but it was also Latin night that night. So the Latin community in Orlando was also attacked. So it's a really important day, of course, to honor those lives."

What happened in 2016 remains one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

On Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis declared June 12 as "Pulse Remembrance Day."

Flags are lowered to half-staff and will remain that way until sunset.