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Dozens attend candlelight vigil Sunday night in Ferndale for victims of Orlando shooting

Posted: 4:09 PM, Jun 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-13 05:47:59-04
Candlelight vigil Sunday in Ferndale for Orlando

Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil on Sunday night in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

The vigil is took place at 8 p.m. outside of Ferndale City Hall at 300 E. 9 Mile Rd.

The hearts of the people of Ferndale stand in solidarity with the people of Orlando and the entire LGBTQAI family," Ferndale Pride Chair Julia Music said in a release.

A gunman opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday morning, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 more, most of whom are in critical condition.

Authorities were investigating the attack on the Florida dance hall as an act of terrorism. The gunman's father recalled that his son recently got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami and said that might be related to the assault.

"It made me so afraid for all the people, especially young children imagining the world being a place you can come out, that you can be safe. You've seen such an advancement in our civil rights and this is just shoving people right back into the closet," Alex Eggertsen said.

On top of the vigil, LGBT Detroit Founder Curtis Lipscomb joined dozens in signing messages of condolences and love on a makeshift tent at the Motor City Pride Festival.