Tragedy in Orlando: Charlottesville honors victims with vigil

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — Across the country, individuals are honoring the victim of Sunday’s shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.

Hundreds of people showed up to downtown Charlottesville to show support and to remember the 49 people who were killed.

One by one, they read aloud the names of each victim.

“The names mean a lot because that means that’s an individual,” Charlottesville resident Jody Knowles said.

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The impact of what happened seen in plain sight by the size of the crowd.

“Stand boldly and proclaim loudly that you will not stand for injustice or intolerance of anyone,” Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy said.

Bellamy encouraged the crowd to not be silenced by fear.

“Silence will not save you,” Bellamy said. “Or saying somebody else will do it, or I don’t want to get involved, or I’d rather not, or they’re just ignorant or let’s just ignore them. That will not save you.”

“Silence will not save you. Or saying somebody else will do it, or I don’t want to get involved, or I’d rather not, or they’re just ignorant or let’s just ignore them. That will not save you.” — Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy.

The crowd then walked through the downtown mall, demanding to be heard.

“I’m a child of God,” Charlottesville resident Debby Garth said. “If I want my rights to be respected, if I want dignity as a human being, then I have to make sure that everyone else gets it too.”

Garth was just one of hundreds who said ‘enough is enough.’

“It’s time for the truth to be spoken,” said Garth. “If we’re not willing to speak the truth, then it’s lost.”

The walk ended at the United States Courthouse Federal building, a capstone to the notion that this is only the beginning.

Another vigil will be held in Richmond Tuesday evening hosted by Diversity Richmond at 7 p.m.

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