Minnesotans gather to honor Orlando nightclub shooting victims


Minnesotans showed their support Sunday night for the victims of the mass shooting at an Orlando club that took 50 lives and injured 53.

OutFront Minnesota, an LGBTQ activist organization, organized the vigil at Loring Park in Minneapolis.

"Let us come together and be a force of love and solidarity to demonstrate that we oppose these senseless acts of violence against our community," said the event description.

Gov. Mark Dayton and other elected officials spoke to the hundreds of attendees.



Not only did Dayton release a statement that condemned the shooting and ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff, he also asked for the I-35W bridge to be lit with rainbow colors.

You can read his statement and other officials' statements here.



At the vigil, people united through song and prayer, reported FOX 9.





Another vigil was held simultaneously at City Hall in St. Cloud.

"The event will give people a chance to stand together in a time of grieving and pain," organizer Justin Lewandowski told the St. Cloud Times.



Also on Sunday, organizers held a moment of silence for victims at Golden Valley's first Pride Festival. An estimated 2,000 people attended the inaugural event.


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