PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Nearly 1,000 people marched Monday night from popular gay bars in Providence to the steps of the State House. The dome of the State Capitol was light in rainbow colors to honor the victims of Sunday’s deadly attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. For many in the crowd, the shooting hit close to home.
“It could have been any of us, it could have been anybody in Rhode Island, Massachusetts,” James Fontaine told Eyewitness News.
“Listening to the stories of where people were trapped and being held hostage, it’s sobering,” added Anthony DeRose, who chairs the Rhode Island Democratic LGBTQ Caucus.
The community quickly organized the candlelight vigil, during which a moment of silence was held on Smith Hill.
“This is the night where we hold our ground, where we take back our home, our clubs, our community, and know that we’re not going to let hate or fear take that ever away from us,” Anthony Fontaine said.
PrideFest will be held in Providence this weekend. Police say they will have extra officers on patrol following the attack in Florida.