Two events Sunday night paid tribute to those injured and killed in an Orlando nightclub during a mass shooting.
One, held downtown at the Phoenix Pride LGBT Center, featured speeches by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and local faith and LGBT organizations.
Phoenix standing in solidarity w/ Orlando shooting victims. Hundreds at candlelight vigil. pic.twitter.com/diTuZRrY2c
— Raquel Cervantes (@RaquelABC15) June 13, 2016
Phoenix stands with Orlando. Multi-faith vigil 7 pm tonight for victims of this morning's horrific mass shooting. pic.twitter.com/gPLrjtiz1S
— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) June 12, 2016
One man, Keith Serrano, told ABC15 that the tragedy has hit him hard and he can relate knowing that the attack happened at a gay nightclub, which should be a safe place for the LGBT community.
“It’s sad, you know. We can be as easily as targeted every day. I am her best friend, and she could easily lose me because I’m gay," said Keith Serrano.
A Muslim woman said she attended the candlelight vigil because she wanted people to know that today's violence is not representative of her faith.
"Very heartbroken. Very heartbroken. I have a brother who is gay, I had an uncle who was gay. It could've been one of them. I feel like I'm in a marginalized group, and I wanted to show support for another marginalized group," said Alia Thompson of Peoria.
Organizers said now is not the time to be silent.
“Right now is not the time for our community to hide, it’s a time for our community to come together and stand with each other against horrible acts like this," said Justin Owen, executive director of the Phoenix Pride LGBT Center.