Center on Halsted to host vigil to honor Orlando shooting victims, Monday at 7 p.m.

Mon. June 13, 2016 3:34 PM by News Staff

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Tom Tunney expected at Center on Halsted vigil Monday for Orlando shooting victims

Chicago, IL - Center on Halsted will host a healing community vigil in partnership with numerous community organizations for those killed and wounded Sunday in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub.

"Our community is no stranger to hate and discrimination, but time and time again we have prevailed," said Modesto Tico Valle, CEO of Center on Halsted. "We have been guided by love and now again we will prove that love wins."

Organizers encourage LGBT individuals and allies to attend the community vigil, Monday 7 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted.

Participants expected to attend include: Korey White, Windy City Performing Arts; Mona Noriega, Chicago Commission on Human Relations; Carol Ronen, Democratic Committeewoman; Reverend Joy Douglas Strome, Lakeview Presbyterian Church; Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward; Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Staceyann Chin, Poet; Sol Flores, La Casa Norte; Fawzia Mirza, Actor, Writer, Producer; Abdul-Malik Ryan, JD, Assistant Director, Religious Diversity and Loop Ministry, DePaul University; Jim Bennett, Lambda Legal; Myles Brady, Howard Brown Health; Davis Butner, Violist, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles; and Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, Temple Shalom. 

On Sunday, about 300 Chicagoans gathered to remember the victims during a vigil at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe in Lakeview. 

"This is just another example of how gun violence affects everyone in the country at some point in time," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during the vigil. "So we're here to support not only Orlando, but to support the community here and let you all know that we'll always be here for you."

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A second Chicago-area vigil was held Sunday in Andersonville, where Midsommarfest was underway. 

Described as the worst mass shooting in American history, 50 people died and 53 were wounded during the Sunday morning attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.