Love and unity in Greenville as hundreds honor Orlando shooting victims

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It wasn’t your average Tuesday night in Uptown Greenville. Hundreds of people from all different walks of life lined up on the sidewalks outside of Crave Bar to remember the 49 people killed in Sunday’s shooting in Orlando.

The group marched together, some holding flags, to the Town Common, where a candlelight vigil was held. During the vigil, the names of the 49 victims who lost their lives were read aloud.

“To me it’s not just the names that name belongs to a person that person has a family, friends, and it’s important for me to make sure that that’s known,” said Clinton Todd, who read five of the victim’s names.

For many in the LGBT community, the attacks were personal, regardless of how far they live from Orlando. Todd, who is gay himself, said the scary part was that it took place where LGBT members in Orlando go to feel safe.

“I was out the night before myself,” he said. “It could have been here. It could have been in any state, it could have been me.”

Others in attendance, like Margarot Okobi, know just how important LGBT bars in Orlando are.

“I’ve gone to some of those clubs in Orlando and I just hope that tonight shows that we in Greenville, North Carolina are standing strong together,” she said.

Six Greenville Police officers volunteered their time to ensure everyone at the vigil was protected and safe.

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