BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In the wake of our nation’s deadliest mass shooting, the community of Buffalo came together in solidarity remembering those who lost their lives in the Orlando shootings at a gay nightclub.
Members of the LGBTQ community said this tragedy hits home.
“When it hits your own community, it brings it home. It brings it right in front of our eyes, where we can really feel it,” said Robbie Butler, member of the LGBTQ community.
The Orlando shooting that left 50 dead and over 50 wounded is the 176th mass shooting in the United States, this year alone.
Community members told News 4, they’re more afraid than ever.
“I’m scared, I’m scared for my son, I’m scared for myself, I’m scared for mothers that have to suffer this kind of loss,” said Butler.
Communities throughout the country stood together Sunday night to stand with the community of Orlando.
“Coming together like we are tonight is the best solution, finding your community, reiterating the message of love, that’s what we do best in Buffalo,” said Julie Carter, member of the LGBTQ community.
Another candlelight vigil will take place Monday, Jue 13 at Niagara Square at 6 p.m. The Western New York Pride Center wants the LGBTQ community and its allies to come out and support the victims as one community.