Hundreds gather at URI to honor Orlando shooting victims

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Students and faculty at the University of Rhode Island came together Monday to pay tribute to those who were killed and wounded in Sunday’s mass shooting in Florida.

Hundreds of members of the community gathered on the quad to stand in solidarity with Orlando. They held up pictures of the victims and rainbow flags, a symbol of the gay pride movement.

Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 were hurt after a gunman opened fire inside a gay nightclub. It was the worst mass shooting in United States history.

The vigil of remembrance was organized by the Gender and Sexuality Center so that people could share their feelings about the tragedy.

URI President David Dooley was in attendance, along with campus religious leaders.

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