Orlando Unites At Vigil For Shooting Victims

Logo and Raymond Braun attend an emotion vigil at the University of Florida

Thousands of people gathered at a vigil at the University of Central Florida in Orlando last night, honoring those killed in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.

The memorial was originally planned outdoors on UCF’s Memory Mall, but heavy rains forced it inside.

Students Kyle Gaze, left, and Rebecca Farina comfort each other during a vigil at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, honoring the slain victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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Students place flowers during a vigil at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, honoring the slain victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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Speakers included UCF President John C. Hitt, Student Government Association President Chris Clemente, members of UCF’s Pride community and Joe Saunders, Southern Regional Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign.

Students applaud during a vigil at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, honoring the slain victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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UCF student Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, and alumni Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32, were among those killed in the tragedy.

Logo correspondent Raymond Braun was on the scene and spoke with Joe Saunders, HRC’s Southern Regional Field Director.
 

and local advocate Kevin Carnell
 

Check back for more coverage from Orlando through the week.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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