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Hundreds gather in Toronto to mourn victims of Orlando shooting

‘When people hate queers, they hate us. When people hate Muslims, they hate us.’

Toronto’s Barbara Hall Park became the site of a vigil honouring the victims of an Orlando shooting on June 12, 2016.

Credit: Nick Lachance/Daily Xtra

Hundreds of people gathered in Barbara Hall Park on June 12, 2016, to hold vigil for the victims of the shooting that took place in a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, earlier that day. 

Keynote speakers for the evening were Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.

“Why Pride? Because of Orlando. That’s why Pride,” said Kathleen Wynne. (Nick Lachance/Daily Xtra)

“We will stand as an example of how people can use love to build a great city, a great community,” Tory said during his speech. (Nick Lachance/Daily Xtra)

“When people hate queers, they hate us. When people hate Muslims, they hate us,” said Wong-Tam. (Nick Lachance/Daily Xtra)

And Twitter was awash with support as well:

After several speakers, people came together for a moment of silence.

(Nick Lachance/Daily Xtra)

(Nick Lachance/Daily Xtra)

Following the vigil, Pride Toronto announced it will dedicate this year’s Pride parade to the victims of the Orlando shooting.