West Hartford Interfaith Vigil Wednesday Night To Remember Orlando Shooting Victims

West Hartford's interfaith clergy will host a vigil Wednesday night to remember those who were killed or injured during the Orlando shootings Sunday morning.

Early Sunday morning, 49 people were killed and 53 were injured in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub. It is the worst mass shooting in American history.

On Wednesday, community officials and clergy leaders will host a vigil at 6 p.m. at Blue Back Square. The vigil will include remarks from Mayor Shari Cantor, as well as different interfaith clergy leaders and someone from the LGBTQ community, Cantor said.

Senior Pastor at First Church of West Hartford Geordie Campbell said West Hartford's interfaith clergy group, about a dozen faith leaders in West Hartford, started planning the vigil Sunday night.

"We knew we had to get together and stand in solidarity against the hatred that's happened," Campbell said Monday afternoon. "Our group is a very diverse group but we are all of absolutely one mind that this is not what we want our country to be..."

Wednesday's vigil will include prayers from different "faith perspectives," Campbell said, and brief comments.

Rabbi Michael Pincus, Senior Rabbi of the Congregation Beth Israel, part of the West Hartford interfaith clergy group said: "It's important that in the face of these tragedies we come together as a community of all faiths."

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