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Student organization to plan vigil in response to Orlando mass shooting

Along with the vigil, Lambda United is asking people for support in the form of blood donations.

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Nate Nkumbu, Contributing Writer

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Correction: A previous version of this story said Lambda United’s vigil would take place on Monday. The planning session for the vigil was scheduled for Monday, not the vigil itself. 

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fter a shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse left 50 people dead and 53 more injured, members of the Florida Atlantic community have gathered together in the wake of the largest mass shooting in American history.

For the members of Lambda United, the shooting hits close to home. Boca Raton is about three hours away from Orlando.

According to club president Roman Alexander, the LGBTQIA+ support group has two members from the city, but both were out of town on the night of the shooting.

“All of our members have been accounted for and are safe,” the freshman social work and public relations major said.

Lambda will host a planning session for a vigil on Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the Silver Palm Room in the Student Union building on the Boca Raton campus.

“Our hearts go out to the victims affected,” Alexander said on behalf of Lambda. “We also ask anyone that can to donate blood to help those who are recovering and desperately need transfusions.”  

Student Government released a statement on Facebook about the shooting.

Photo courtesy of FAU Student Government Facebook Page.

Photo courtesy of FAU Student Government Facebook Page.

On Sunday, FAU sent an email to everyone on campus regarding the shooting. It states that the university “extends its sympathies to everyone affected” and that there are resources available to students, like the FAU Counseling Center, which can be reached at 561-297-3540, or on its website.

Nate Nkumbu is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email nnkumbu2016@fau.edu or tweet him @FoureyedNate.       

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