Abilene church hosts vigil for Orlando shooting victims


ABILENE, Texas - A week after the Orlando nightclub shooting that left scores dead and even more injured, dozens of people in Abilene gathered for a vigil to remember each of the victims.

It happened at the Exodus Metropolitan Community Church and Rev. Margaret Warn-Walker, senior pastor at the church, said it was important to hold the vigil for the LGBT community in Abilene.

"[It's good] to bring us together as family, because we are family," Warn-Walker said. "We may be different colors, different faiths, different ideologies, different orientations, but we are all God's children and we are all family."

During the vigil, each of the victims' names was read with a moment of reflection for their lives as a pair of shoes was placed by the altar to represent them. Prayers for those affected by the shooting in Orlando were also said.

The church scheduled a grief support group and open forum for those who want to express their feelings about the shooting. It will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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