Gathering So Love Will Win

About 100 people gathered in Salina Monday evening to remember and honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

Early Sunday morning 49 people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded by a shooter in a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. The gunman was eventually killed in a shootout with police.

The North Central Chapter of Equality Kansas hosted a candlelight vigil to honor and memorialize the victims of the night club shooting. The vigil was held at Robert Caldwell Plaza.

The somber event included music, and words.

Clinton Walker, chairman of the North Central Chapter of Equality Kansas, was among those who spoke. He spoke about the events in Florida. “I think we have all experienced hate, but I think in the end love will win.”

Those at the event gathered in a large circle. As the names of those 49 people killed in the tragedy were read, a ribbon was hung in their honor. Ribbons were also hung for the the 53 people injured in the tragedy.

Walker concluded “I hope that it’s a long time, if ever, that we gather for this purpose again.”

As dusk was falling, the vigil concluded with everyone in attendance holding a lighted candle and singing.

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