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Hundreds gather at Kitchener vigil to remember Orlando victims

Last Updated Jun 15, 2016 at 8:55 am EST

A vigil was held Tuesday night in Kitchener to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting. Photo: Casey MacDonald - 570 News

Hundreds gathered outside of Kitchener City Hall Tuesday night to come together to mourn the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando.

Many came out to support the gay community at the event hosted by SPECTRUM, tri-Pride, the Muslim community and the City of Kitchener.

Kitchener vigil

Here’s what some of those who attended had to say:

“Everyone has a right to be in this world, to live and love.”

“We can’t let that stop us from being who we are, love is love.”

“We all stand together, Orlando is part of our community.”

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic tells 570 News he is proud of how the community has joined together.

“…You see these kinds of vigils happening across Canada and across the world, much as they did after the Paris tragedy…It’s the kind of thing and I say this later on as mayor, makes me just so incredibly proud of our community.” said Vrbanovic.

“We are very grateful to the organizers of this rally and the one on Thursday for their efforts and focus on our common humanity, grieving the loss of innocent lives and hopefully healing from these deep wounds together.” added Fauzia Mazhar, Chair of the Coalition of Muslim women of K-W.

A candle light vigil will be held at Waterloo Public Square Thursday starting at 9pm followed by a march to the Order night club. Also Thursday, Guelph will be holding a vigil at city hall at 8pm.