3 local vigils Monday for Orlando massacre victims

3 local vigils Monday for Orlando massacre victims

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Three local vigils are planned Monday for victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting massacre.

A noon vigil took place at the University of Cincinnati's main campus in University Heights, on the lawn by Swift Hall.

Imam Ismaeel Chartier, imam at the Islamic Association of Cincinnati, is co-organizing a vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Fountain Square with "Cincinnati in Solidarity with Orlando".

Later, Below Zero Lounge in downtown Cincinnati will host a 7 p.m. gathering at 1120 Walnut St.

"We invite and encourage friends, family and allies of the LGBTQ community to join us. Our dear friend and supporter Alice Conner will be there to say a few blessed words of comfort," the lounge posted to Facebook.

The gunman reportedly expressed allegiance to the Islamic State before opening fire. The FBI has not reached a conclusion about the shooter's motive.

Cincinnati Pride co-President Shawn Baker released the following statement:

"We stand united with the entire Orlando community and will work for a time when love and acceptance, kindness and hope persevere beyond all hate and violence. We are heartbroken and can't understand why this devastating act happened, but we are strong in our resolve to make our country a place where all feel safe and accepted."

Cincinnati's Pride festival is June 25.

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