Community rally in Ferndale shows support for Orlando

Posted at 10:53 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 22:53:27-04

They came together at Affirmations gallery in Ferndale for a time to pray.

But many believe that alone won't prevent another Orlando.

"Throughout the land we now hear appeals for prayer and for national solidarity,” said Rabbi Jeffrey Falick of the Congress for Humanistic Judaism. “With all due respect, pray all you want but please don't expect that prayer alone will get the job done."

This vigil brought together the groups most affected by the terror in Orlando: the LGBT and Latino communities and Arab-Americans.

All hope their solidarity will combat fear and hatred.

It was a show of unity as the names of all 49 victims are read aloud, followed by a hymn of hope that may be easier sung than realized.

“I heard a lot of things tonight that I wanted to hear,” says Tom Lantzy. “I didn't want a bunch of speeches about praying and getting over it. I wanted people to take action, I want people to stand up, I want people to do something about this. It shouldn't happen to us. It shouldn't happen to anybody."