Vigil in Providence remembers those killed in Orlando

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A memorial service was held Tuesday in downtown Providence to remember the victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Hundreds of people gathered in honor of the 49 people who were shot and killed Sunday morning and the 53 others who were wounded.

Speakers from both the LGBT and Muslim communities spoke during the service, along with Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Those killed in the attack range in age from 18 to 50 years old.

In Remembrance: Orlando Nightclub Victims »
In Remembrance: Orlando Nightclub Victims »

As the names are revealed, stories are being shared about who they were as people and their memory is being honored in Providence.

“When a gunman goes into a gay bar and kills 49 people, he’s doing it because he wants us to be quiet,” said LGBT activist Kate Monteiro. “He wants us to be silent and invisible, and we are a gentle but angry people and we are never ever going to be silent.”

Nearly 1,000 people took part in a similar service Monday night at the State House and hundreds more earlier in the day at URI.

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