ITHACA, NY – A second vigil is being planned for victims of a mass shooting that happened in Orlando over the weekend.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, Omar Mateen killed 50 people and wounded 53 at Pulse, an LGBT club in Orland. It was the worst terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001 and the worst mass shooting in American history. After about a three hour standoff with police, Mateen was killed in a shootout with officers, The New York Times reported.

The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 at Bank Alley on The Ithaca Commons. The event is being co-organized by The House of Merlot, a local drag troupe and Queer Kids Care X Black Lives Matter.

From the event’s Facebook page:

[su_box title=”Ithaca Vigil for the Orlando Shooting Victims” box_color=”#ffffff” title_color=”#000000″]”We will be publically gathering to honour the victims of the June 11th shooting at Pulse, an LGBT+ Orlando, Florida club that was faced with terrible tragedy this past weekend. We will light candles and come together in a motion of support and solidarity, of love, and of peace.

List of released names. We will be reading them at the event.

Donation site if you would like to aide the victims financially. We will be collecting donations at the event.

Location subject to change.”[/su_box]

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Michael Smith

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