An estimated 50,000 people attended a
candlelight vigil Sunday to remember the 49 people killed at a gay
nightclub in Orlando.
Dozens of people were also injured in
the attack and some remain in critical condition.
Holding signs which read “Love always
conquers hate” and “Love Wins,” thousands gathered on the banks
of Lake Eola, near downtown Orlando.
“Wow, Orlando,” Mayor
Buddy Dyer exclaimed. “You're showing your love, your
compassion, your unity.”
NBC affiliate WESH reported that the
crowd “went nuts” when a rainbow appeared over Lake Eola during
“The spirit of God is moving on
Orlando to bind up the brokenhearted,” Dyer told the crowd. “To
comfort those who mourn. To proclaim freedom for those shackled in
Also speaking at the event were Orange
County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, former state representative Anthony
Suarez, and Rabbi David Kay.
Diana Bolivar, president of the Orlando
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, urged everyone to “stick together