NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton Police blocked off Main Street at Crafts Avenue, Wednesday night, for a candle light vigil on the City Hall steps to honor the Orlando shooting victims.
About 200 people were standing outside City Hall by 6:30 p.m., and more than 1,000 confirmed attendance on Facebook. Candles were passed out to those who attended.
A rainbow banner was placed above the front door, and read “Solidarity Remembrance Orlando June 2016” with the names of the 49 victims.
Elizabeth Wintheiser of Easthampton told 22News, “Once somebody meets and knows somebody who’s gay or trans, a lot of the insecurity goes away.”
“I’m here to represent parents. All these parents in Orlando, all of these people are parents that are grieving their loss,” said Elaine Beaudoin of Easthampton.
Safe Passage also attended the vigil to provide on-site counseling services. The Northampton vigil was one of several public displays of grief in western Massachusetts Wednesday night.