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Hundreds gather at Cincinnati bar to mourn Orlando victims

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

There was an outpouring of support as people from all walks of life gathered here at Below Zero Lounge. There were messages of inspiration and bowed heads in prayers as people remembered the Pulse nightclub shooting victims.

"It's my responsibility to be here. I work here at this bar. We have to stand here as a community. We have to do what we have to do as a community both straight and gay,” said attendee Michael Cotrell.

"I really appreciated the idea that this is not something to divide us. This is something that needs to bring us together and bring the vulnerable within our community together to support each other,” said attendee Michael Wilson.

There was standing room only inside of the Below Zero Lounge. Both the first and second floors reached capacity. But that didn't stop hundreds from gathering in the street. They followed along via outdoor speakers.

"It makes me feel both good and bad. It makes me feel great that we have a community of both straight and gay that will come together to do what we got to do. But it makes me sad that it took this to do it,” said Cotrell.

Mayor John Cranley was one of the city officials in attendance. Tonight he's reassuring the public when it comes to safety as Cincinnati's Pride Parade is schedule for June 25.

"We are beefing up security. I've talked with the manager and the chief of police to make sure that the Cincinnati pride can move forward with pride and with safety,” said Cranley.

Tonight folks at the gathering have a message for those in Orlando.

"We love you, we're with you; we're praying for you, and god bless you,” said attendee Keith Syler.

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