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UNCW hosts vigil remembering Orlando shooting victims

People at the vigil prayed, sang and offered words of support for the Orlando shooting victims. (Source: WECT) People at the vigil prayed, sang and offered words of support for the Orlando shooting victims. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Dozens of students, staff and community members came together Tuesday to remember the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

The shooting at a nightclub left 50 dead, including the gunman, and dozens more injured.

The vigil featured speakers, prayers, songs, and a 49-second moment of silence.

One attendee with personal ties to Orlando remembered how she felt when she first heard the news.

"It was scary for me to sign on to Facebook," Jillian Carney, former Orlando resident, said. "For those who live in Orlando they could check in as safe and I had a list of friends who hadn't checked in yet, and just wondering who actually is safe."

Many said the tragedy in Orlando was difficult for them to hear about.

"This event, just as something affecting a community that I feel that I'm a part of, connected to, is pretty devastating," Harrison Stewart, UNCW graduate, said. "This one has hit especially hard."

UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli sent an email to the campus community Monday announcing Tuesday’s vigil:

I want to express my sympathy in the wake of the tragic event in Orlando, and extend my condolences to the loved ones of the victims and all those affected by the attack. 

Please join us for a campus vigil tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Ampitheatre, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

If you are a student and you feel you need support facing the thoughts and emotions stirred up by yesterday's tragedy, please reach out to the Counseling Center or the Office of the Dean of Students. Employees can contact Human Resources or the Employee Assistance Program. All contact info is below.

I wish you, and our world, peace on behalf of Kathy and myself. May love prevail in our midst. 

Sartarelli echoed that statement as he opened the vigil, saying, "May love prevail in our midst."

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