Jersey City vigil for victims of Orlando massacre brings out thousands
The Jersey Journal
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
JERSEY CITY — Thousands of people wearing rainbow-colored ribbons, holding candles aloft, packed the Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza tonight to show solidarity with the victims of Sunday’s massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub.
The crowd was still and quiet as speakers read aloud the names of the 49 victims of the shooting, carried out by a Florida man authorities say had aligned himself with the Islamic State. The mood turned celebratory as speakers vowed not to cower in the face of terrorism.
“We are Orlando,” said Michael Billy, the local gay activist who helped organize the event. “We are black. We are Hispanic. We are Latino. We are gay. We are lesbian. We are bisexual. We are trans. We are Jersey City.”