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Vigils planned around Tampa Bay area for victims of Orlando shootings

Brenda Chirino one of hundreds that gathered at the Metro Wellness Center in Ybor City for a candlelight vigil on Sunday to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. LUIS SANTANA | Times

Brenda Chirino one of hundreds that gathered at the Metro Wellness Center in Ybor City for a candlelight vigil on Sunday to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. LUIS SANTANA | Times

After Omar Mateen fatally shot killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, cities across the nation have been organizing vigils in an outpouring of grief and in solidarity with Orlando and the LGBT community.

Although many cities around the Tampa Bay area held their vigils on Sunday, events are still being held in Tampa, Lakeland and Sarasota today.

* Tampa: The GaYBOR Coalition will be holding a vigil for the Orlando victims in the parking lot across from Southern Nights Tampa. The group will be passing out candles, but people are encouraged to bring their own.

When: 7 – 9 p.m.

Where: 1430 East 7th Avenue, Tampa FL, 33605

* Lakeland: A candlelight vigil will begin around 8:30 at the Lake Mirror Amphitheatre. The city's fire department has said that floating lanterns won't be permitted.

When: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The vigil will begin at sundown.

Where: The Lake Mirror Amphitheatre, on the Southeast edge of the lake, Lakeland, FL 33801

* Sarasota: A candlelight vigil will be held by organizers of the Harvey Milk Festival this evening at Five Points Park.

When: 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Five Points Park, North Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

To add more Bay Area vigils to the list, please contact Lauren Flannery at lflannery@tampabay.com

Vigils planned around Tampa Bay area for victims of Orlando shootings 06/13/16 [Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2016 1:12pm]
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