Diverse crowd mourns Orlando shooting victims at Raleigh vigil
Posted June 13, 2016 9:44 p.m. EDT
Updated June 14, 2016 6:19 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — An interfaith vigil at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Monday evening honored the 49 people killed in an Orlando nightclub shooting.
During the service, the name of each victim was read and a silence in between gave attendees a moment to think about who they may have been.
During the hour long vigil, speakers from a variety of religious, ethnic and political backgrounds shared their thoughts and feelings about the shooting:
Reverend Nancy Petty, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
“We are here to affirm that love always overcomes hate. We don’t understand it, it’s hard to acknowledge, but we are one humanity and God loves us all and we are here to be together in that love.”
Imam Abdullah Antepli
“In the face of this kind of evil and tragedy, there are things we can do and things we cannot do. We can’t undo yesterday, but we can reshape tomorrow, together. We can stand in solidarity and not allow this nation to be divided and defeated by the message of hate.”
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane
“As a mayor, my heart breaks for Orlando. I know, as a community, all of our hearts break for Orlando. As a mom, those are my kids.”
Farris Barakat, brother of Deah Barakat, a Muslim student killed in a 2015 shooting in Chapel Hill
“I am not sure anyone here knows any of the victims, but I am not sure that matters. Let’s keep them in our prayers.”