NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton’s LGBT community joined together for a vigil to support those people killed in the attack at the Orlando night club. Members of the community told 22News that this tragedy hits close their hearts.
LGBT communities across the country are honoring those killed and wounded in Sunday’s mass shooting at Pulse Night Club in Orlando Florida. At least 50 people were killed in the attack, and more than 50 other were wounded, some critically.
The Northampton community gathered for a vigil at Northampton’s City Hall to remember all those who lost their lives in Orlando and in support of the LGBT community across the nation.
Clayton Madeira of Northampton said, “Me and my friends just wanted to pay our respects and to bring in a little love on a day where there is a lot of hate.”
The night club in Orlando catered to the gay community. Members of Northampton’s LGBT community felt a deep connection to the victims of the attack. Paul Bosco of Northampton said, “It felt very personal to me. An attack on us like that is an attack on every single one of us.”
Northampton has a large LGBT community. Just last month, “Noho Pride” held their 35th annual pride march and parade. In a statement on their website, Noho Pride said, “This horrific, intentional mass shooting will not stop us from our mission to ensure equality and acceptance in all areas of life for LGBT people.”
Tonight’s vigil formed quickly through social media after word began to spread of vigils taking elsewhere across the country.