People around the globe held vigils for
those killed and wounded Sunday in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay
Described as the worst mass shooting in
American history, 50 people died and 53 were injured.
killed in Orlando gay nightclub; worst mass shooting in U.S.
People gathered to remember the victims
in several U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and Washington,
“This is just another example of how
gun violence affects everyone in the country at some point in time,”
Eddie Johnson, Chicago's chief of police, said during a vigil held in
Chicago. “So we're here to support not only Orlando, but to
support the community here and let you all know that we'll always be
here for you.”
Prayer vigils were also held in Sydney,
Seoul and Berlin, the AP reported.
“We've been very shocked about this
terrible act and now we want to show our solidarity with the victims
and their relatives,” Joerg Steinert of the Lesbian & Gay
Association told the AP. “We want to make clear that we live in an
open and free society and we will not be intimidated.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu called the shooting “horrible.”
“In the name of the Israeli
government and people, I want to once again express condolences to
the American people and the families in an especially difficult and
tragic hour,” he said.