Community members are invited to gather tonight, June 14, in solidarity with those affected by the Orlando shootings.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Carrboro Town Hall, located at 301 W. Main St.
Gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 in an attack early Sunday morning on the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Mateen, who claimed allegiance to the ISIS terror group in a 911 call, was killed when police stormed the building.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, in announcing the show of solidarity at Monday’s meeting, said the nation gains strength when it stands together and with the LGBT and Muslim communities.
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“Our hearts go out to the victims their families and friends affected by this senseless tragedy. As Americans, we are all impacted when members of the community are targeted, and I know that many of us living in this area are feeling vulnerable because of this shooting,” she said.
Chapel Hill will fly rainbow flags downtown on Tuesday, she said, and an orange flag representing the call for common-sense gun laws in front of the Chapel Hill Post Office at Peace and Justice Plaza.
“We cannot allow another mass shooting to go unanswered,” Hemminger said. “Ninety-one people are killed every day in this country by senseless gun violence. It’s time for common-sense gun legislation. As a nation, we must address the sale of automatic weapons.”