Peterborough remembers shooting victims

Orlando vigil at St John's Square attended by members and guests of the Peterborough LGBT social group EMN-160615-074353009
Orlando vigil at St John's Square attended by members and guests of the Peterborough LGBT social group EMN-160615-074353009
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Crowds came out to show their support for victims of a terrorist attack at a vigil in Peterborough city centre.

The vigil was held in St John’s Square by the Holocaust Memorial on Tuesday night following the attack at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida at the weekend. Gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured dozens more in the Sunday attack. He was killed by police.

Orlando vigil at St John's Square attended by members and guests of the Peterborough LGBT social group EMN-160615-074501009

Orlando vigil at St John's Square attended by members and guests of the Peterborough LGBT social group EMN-160615-074501009

For the vigil residents were encouraged to bring candles and messages of love and support.

A book of condolence, opened at the Town Hall by Peterborough City Council, was also brought to the vigil for people to sign.

Prayers were also said at Peterborough Cathedral for the victims. Canon Ian Black said: ““We have been deeply shocked by the violent attacks in Orlando. There is no place for homophobia or hatred. We remembered everyone affected by the shootings in our prayers at the Cathedral this (Tuesday) morning.”

Zahid Akbar, secretary of the Peterborough Interfaith council, and speaking on behalf of the Faizan Madina Mosque, said; “We strongly condemn this monstrous attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured.

Orlando vigil at St John's Square attended by members and guests of the Peterborough LGBT social group EMN-160615-074709009

Orlando vigil at St John's Square attended by members and guests of the Peterborough LGBT social group EMN-160615-074709009

“The Muslim community is united with all people of faith and non-faith in renouncing anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence which has absolute no room in any religion.”

Orlando vigil at St John's Square attended by members and guests of the Peterborough LGBT social group EMN-160615-074637009

Orlando vigil at St John's Square attended by members and guests of the Peterborough LGBT social group EMN-160615-074637009