Campus vigil in response to Orlando nightclub shooting to be held Thursday

The LGBT nightclub shooting, being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, has the community gathering at FAU’s Boca Raton campus to grieve for the victims and their families.

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Campus vigil in response to Orlando nightclub shooting to be held Thursday

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Tucker Berardi, Staff Writer

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he Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a vigil in response to the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The vigil will take place this Thursday, June 16 at 3:30 p.m. on the Boca Raton campus in the College of Medicine, building 71 Room 128.

The attack on the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse is being reported as the worst mass shooting in American history. Officials say that 49 people were killed and more than 53 others were hospitalized in Sunday morning’s attack.

“This event has shaken a lot of people,” said Roman Morrison, an FAU Lambda United representative.

The vigil taking place at Florida Atlantic’s Boca Raton campus is titled “WeAreOnePulse: Vigil for the Orlando Tragedy.”

The event will be followed by a “REAL Talk,” which the vigil’s Facebook page describes as a “meaningful dialogue on how we could help the LGBTQ+ community, the current climate of the social justice in the United States and the impact of hate crimes.”

“At times like these, we must come together as a university community to support one another as we grieve and express the complicated web of emotions that such a tragedy invokes in all of us,” FAU Provost Gary W. Perry wrote in a statement.

A blood donation bus will also be on campus during and after the vigil for those who wish to donate.

If you are interested in volunteering at the vigil or guiding people to the blood drive, sign up at http://tinyurl.com/zkdfqqd.

Tucker Berardi is a staff writer for the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @tucker_berardi.