Chattanoogans Honor Victims of the Orlando Massacre with Prayer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Despite the downpour, dozens of  locals gathered tonight to pray for the victims of Orlando with a candle light vigil.

The vigil was held in the parking lot of the popular gay bar Chuck’s, on Main St., to light a candle for those who lost their lives Sunday morning in the Orlando massacre, and to stand for those who are still healing.

“It’s kinda like we’re doing it for everyone, you know not just in Chattanooga but all around the world, and showing our support for the LGBT community,” said local resident, Lacey Moore.

Locals like, Kevin Flowers, said what happened in Orlando felt even more personal coming just under a year after the July 16th attack. “My heart went out to them,” said Flowers, “Life is precious, and we take it for granted, and knowing that it was in the gay community it came back a little bit harder with me.”

People from a variety of different backgrounds came to the vigil, including city leaders and members of the Chattanooga Police Department.

“If you care about the L-G-B-T community, if you care about your community, if you care about people, show your support,” said Nico Howcroft, Tennessee Valley Pride board member.

According to Howcroft, most of the supplies for tonight’s vigil were donated by a local Target. He also said Tennessee Valley Pride plans to host several other events this month, to honor those victims in Orlando.

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