Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Gathered in Unity

Crowds gathered around City Hall
while names of the victims were read out loud.

Houston city leaders attended the vigil for the Orlando shooting victims at downtown's City Hall calling for peace and gun control.

Former Houston Mayor Parker quoted words of encouragement during her speech.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing," Parker said.

Forty-nine club-goers in Orlando were gunned down in what was considered a hate crime against the LGBT community. At one point during the vigil, every victim's name was read while pausing for a moment of silence.

Religious leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Catholic community also spoke about the importance of unity and overcoming hate.

For one attendee, the reason she gathered among strangers tonight was for something bigger than her belief.

"I am not gay but I have a ton of gay friends, so I came to support them," Annie said as she carried a candle in her hand.

Click "Read More" below to see pictures from the vigil

A diverse crowd of strangers make their way to hear the speaker.

Even cars were colorful and festive during the assembly.
Visitors raised their candle after the final speech.

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