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Portlanders hold community vigil for Orlando victims

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“We stand with Orlando."

That was the message in Portland, as nearly a thousand people came together for a community vigil, mourning the lives lost in the recent mass shooting. 

The gathering was hosted by the Q Center in north Portland.

Forty-nine names were read aloud, acknowledging the 49 lives lost in the Orlando night club massacre.

Some were angry about the recent tragedy.

“I’ve been boiling with outrage and rage, and sometimes just numb again. But tonight as I look out at you, I could not be prouder to be an out gay man,” said one man who addressed the crowd.

“The next morning I woke up really angry, really angry. It made it hard to get through that day,” says Max Rene, who attended the vigil.

“There is sadness for families who lost loved ones, sadness for those dealing with the trauma,” said another speaker on stage.

But they all had the same message: now, more than ever, we must show love.

“There’s been so many politics dividing us lately, I think being here is important to show solidarity with each other—it’s important to find that strength in community again,” says Carrie Cantrell, who attended the vigil.

A diverse mix of races and religions were represented during the event. Community leaders from Pride Northwest and several local churches also took the stage.

“I come today asking for restoration, asking for peace, and healing for each of them out here today, oh God,” one local pastor prayed.

Portland may be on the opposite end of the nation, but people here want Orlando to know they're standing with them.

“I think Portland is sending the entire United States, the entire world, that this movement, this solidarity transcends any type of boundary, transcends any city name or cultural background,” says Cantrell.

“In the face of hate, what do we say? Love still wins!” the crowd chanted as the vigil wrapped up.

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