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Bristol gathers to honour victims of Orlando shooting

More than 500 people gathering in Bristol for the Orlando commemorations. Photo: ITV News

As America goes into mourning after the worst mass shooting in its history, Bristol has been commemorating those killed over the weekend.

A vigil has been held at College Green to remember the victims of the shooting. Speakers at the event included the city's Mayor Marvin Rees.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Orlando and everyone affected by this horrific crime. Bristol stands united with towns and cities around the world in sharing a message of inclusion, love and respect for the LGBT community.

This - along with our outright rejection of fear, bigotry and hatred - will be reaffirmed by the vigil.

– Mayor Marvin Rees
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Crowds start to gather on Bristol's College Green for the vigil. Credit: ITV News

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
Around a thousand people have gathered in solidarity with the Orlando victims. Credit: ITV News

Supporters from a host of oragnisations are in attendance paying their respects:

  • Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI)
  • Bristol Hate Crime Services
  • Bristol and other South West based Prides
  • Out Bristol
  • LGBT Bristol
  • Diversity Trust
  • Police LGBT Liaison
  • Bristol City Council

Latest social media figures show 1,200 people attended the event. Bristol Cathedral also opened its doors to people wanting to light a candle and reflect.

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Hear from some of the people gathered on the Green, united in support:

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A child holds a placard during the Orlando vigil. Credit: Reuters

Rainbow flags were proudly on display at the vigil of remembrance:

They've also been vigils held in Bath and Swindon.