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Buffalo vigil for Orlando victims draws hundreds

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul says "This is personal"
Posted at 10:18 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 00:12:55-04

About one thousand people attended a vigil to honor victims of the Orlando mass shooting at Niagara Square in Buffalo.

Organized by the Pride Center of Western New York, the vigil drew people from all over Western New York.

"Fifty people are dead, and if you can't feel emotion because of that, you can't call yourself a person," said Micah Stanton, who attended the Buffalo vigil.

Dignitaries including Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul were also in attendance.

"This is personal," Hochul told the crowd. "This attack on the LGBT community affects all of us as Americans. It's an attack on our diversity, and what we're all about."

The mass shooting, which killed 49 innocent people, has rocked people across the country. The vigil was designed to bring people together to remember the victims, and show support for the LGBT community.

With security a top priority, Buffalo Police Officers stood at almost every corner during the vigil, to make sure those attending were safe.

"It's about freedom, and we all need to be who we are. I had to come to express some of the sadness I'm feeling," said Donna Berry who was at the vigil.

Shortly after 2:00AM Sunday morning, a gunman committed the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at Pulse Nightclub, a gay club, in Orlando.

Those who attended the vigil sent a clear message of support to those in Orlando.