WNY remembers Orlando shooting victims

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 14:32:01-04

Patrons were dancing, enjoying a few drinks and watching drag shows at a popular gay club in Orlando Saturday night.

All until authorities say Omar Mateen, equipped with an AR-15, walked into Pulse and opened fire. Mateen shot at police, taking hostages as well.

When all was over, Mateen took with him 49 innocent people and wounded dozens more in what has become the deadliest mass shooting on American soil. Thirty-nine people died at the club. Eleven passed away in the hospital. 

Back here in Western New York, many plan on gathering in Niagara Square tonight for a vigil remembering those who lost their lives in Orlando at Pulse. The Pride Center of Western New York is asking people to gather at 6 p.m. for the vigil, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Byron Brown and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be delivering remarks and sharing condolences, along with other elected officials and religious leaders. 7 Eyewitness News wil stream the vigil live on WKBW.com and our app at 6:30 p.m. 

Jamestown Pride Society will be holding a vigil as well beginning at 7 p.m. at Tracy Plaza.