Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Exeter honours victims of Orlando shooting

Around 250 people attended a vigil at Exeter Cathedral to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Guest speakers urged everyone to unite against hate crime in a moving a ceremony in which the names of the 49 who were killed were read out.

The event had been organised by the South West's Gay and Lesbian Support Network and the Intercom Trust.

Credit: ITV News
The crowd forms a semi-circle around the speakers at the vigil. Credit: ITV News
A choir sang in memory of the victims of the mass shooting. Credit: ITV News

Crowds gathered on Cathedral Green to pay their respects.

49 people died when US-born Omar Mateen burst into the popular Pulse nightclub and opened fire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Across the world, thousands have gathered to remember the victims and show solidarity with the LGBTQ community.

America is mourning its worst ever mass shooting. Credit: Reuters
Credit: ITV News

The vigil ended with the Cathedral bell rung 49 times, to remember each life lost and the rainbow flag flew at half-mast above the Cathedral.

Michael Halls from the Intercom Trust explains why it was important for the community to come together.

Flag blows in the wind at half-maste. Credit: ITV News
Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw also spoke at the event which attracted over 250 people. Credit: ITV News