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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.’

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.