LGBT community, supporters remember Orlando shooting victims

ames of the 49 people who were killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Names of the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

Vigil attendees lay flowers on the names of the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Vigil attendees lay flowers on the names of the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

Candles are lit alongside the fountain at Dupont Circle for the victims. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Candles are lit alongside the fountain at Dupont Circle for the victims. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

Names of the 49 Orlando shooting victims are read as the crowd responds with “presente” to show that the victims are here with them. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

A poster that reads "DC loves you Orlando" has been taped to the fountain at Dupont Circle. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A poster that reads “DC loves you Orlando” has been taped to the fountain at Dupont Circle. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

Signs calling for the stop of gun violence and for what some vigil attendees called the spread of Islamophobia and homophobia line the fountain. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

Among the speakers at the vigil was the DC chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Written on one of the members' face was "love wins." (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Among the speakers at the vigil was the DC chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Written on one of the members’ face was “love wins.” (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

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ames of the 49 people who were killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Vigil attendees lay flowers on the names of the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Candles are lit alongside the fountain at Dupont Circle for the victims. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A poster that reads "DC loves you Orlando" has been taped to the fountain at Dupont Circle. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Among the speakers at the vigil was the DC chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Written on one of the members' face was "love wins." (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The crowd at a vigil in Dupont Circle for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

WASHINGTON — Members and supporters of the LGBT community gathered in D.C.’s Dupont Circle to remember the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

Holding candles and signs, the crowd was silent as the names of the 49 victims were read aloud.

Daniel Ferra grew up in Orlando and says some of his friends perished in the shooting rampage while others remain unaccounted for.

“That’s my home, Pulse, I have been there over 200 times, it’s the first gay bar I went to,” Ferra said.

Some of speakers called for the crowd to honor the dead by loving one another and living their lives.

“We are taking control and we are standing up for ourselves,” said Sister Seduse Paula Tishen with the DC Sisters.

Other speakers called for tougher gun laws and for the stop of what they called the spread of Islamophobia and homophobia in the America.

There were also calls for the hundreds in attendance to not live in fear and to be brave after what took place.

“Yes it’s OK to be afraid, but let’s not be paralyzed,” said Lisbeth Melendez Rivera.

Glynis Kazanjian

Glynis Kazanjian has been a freelance writer covering Maryland politics and government on the local, state and federal levels for the last 11 years. Her work is published in Maryland Matters, the Baltimore Post Examiner, Bethesda Beat and Md. Reporter. She has also worked as a true crime researcher.

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