Utah County uniting in vigil for Orlando victims

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When: Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, 800 Center St. in Provo
Cost: FREE
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The Utah County community will unite in a vigil for the Orland shooting victims on Monday night.

Early Sunday morning, 29-year-old Omar Mateen entered Orlando’s popular LGBT nightclub, the Pulse, and started shooting club goers. The shooting, which is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, left 50 dead and 53 more hospitalized, according to the Associated Press.

Beginning at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park, 800 Center St. in Provo, the vigil is in remembrance of the victims and to support their families.

Provo Pride along with a PFLAG Provo/Utah County, Utah Valley Post Mormons, Utah Valley Oasis: A Community of Good, Mama Dragons and Resilient Hope helped organize the event. The program includes five speakers: James Bunker of Provo Pride, Jon Harper candidate for Attorney General, Abraham Hernandez of Centro Hispano, Roni Jo Draper of PFLAG Provo/Utah County and Kathy Carlston of Resilient Hope.

Similar vigils will take place in Ogden, Weber State Bell Tower Plaza, and Salt Lake, Salt Lake City and County Building, on Monday at 7 p.m.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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