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Rehoboth LGBT Group Holds Vigil, Reacts to Orlando Shooting

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Community members gather among rainbow flags for candlelight vigil (Photo: Bob Hoffer) Community members gather among rainbow flags for candlelight vigil (Photo: Bob Hoffer)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- More than 150 people attended a candlelight vigil outside CAMP Rehoboth Sunday night to pray and show support for the victim's of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Organizers of CAMP Rehoboth, which is a local LGBT non-profit, put the vigil together to bring community members together to grieve. Attendants said words of peace and love were spoken by friends, both gay and straight.

Chris Beagle is the vice president of the board for CAMP Rehoboth and attended the vigil. He said the mass shooting hit close to home for many in Rehoboth Beach.

"I was overcome, I stood with [my husband] and we just held each other, we're grateful that we're here," he said. "It could have been any of us, for decades my husband and I have gone out to places like that together because we like music, we like to dance, we like to be with others and our friends and out of sheer joy and happiness. But so many of us can relate to what happened in a very personal way."

CAMP Rehoboth's goal is to create a positive and safe community for everyone. Camp Rehoboth Executive Director Steve Elkins said the shooting is a chance to reach out to more people and fight for change.

"We were feeling grief and celebrating the lives and putting prayers and thoughts out for the people who were affected by this," he said of the vigil Sunday. "I think today is the day where we can get mad, and start looking at what needs to be done, but yesterday was a day to come together as a community, because this was not an attack just on the LGBT community; this was an attack on our freedom as a country, the freedom of groups to associate with people of like mind and to feel comfortable doing that."

CAMP Rehoboth issues a bi-weekly magazine. This week's issue has been completely redone to take a closer look at the tragedy in Orlando and will be available Friday.

 

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