Tulsans hold vigil for Orlando nightclub shooting victims

Posted at 11:36 PM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 00:36:10-04

TULSA- Standing in solidarity in a place considered sacred by the LGBT community. 

That was the goal for Sunday's candlelight vigil in honor of Orlando's shooting victims. 

It was jam-packed inside at Club Majestic as the LGBTQ community came together to honor those Orlando victims. 

Fifty flags were lifted inside the crowd as fifty candles were lit to represent those who lost their lives. A very emotional of silence held just before that. 

Oklahomans For Equality coordinated the last-minute event. 

They say Majestic was the perfect spot to hold it, calling the nightclub a sacred place just like Orlando's Pulse... a place where people can truly be themselves They say being here was extremely important to bring closure.

"It's not just an attack on Orlando, it's not just an attack on the LGBT community, it's an attack on all of us. We're all equal and it's an attack on our country.", said Tulsa resident Megan Gibbons. "If you can't get on a plane to Orlando and hug the families like you want to, then you want to show your support in any way. 

The Islamic Society of Tulsa also came to show their support. They say their mission is to denounce any violence in the name of Islam and today they wanted to show support to a community that's hurting. 

"We just want Tulsans to know that this act that was committed has nothing to do with Islam, this is not what Islam stands for, and we are here as Muslims, as Tulsa Muslims to stand with our brothers and sisters in solidarity." said Islamic Society of Tulsa member Aliye Shimi. 

After several local leaders spoke to the crowd, the crowd walked to Guthrie Green with lit candles in hand. 

They prayed for the victims, their families and first responders who answered the call. 

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