BOSTON (CBS) — Hundreds of people attended vigils around Boston, Sunday, in solidarity with the victims of the attack on a gay night club in Orlando, Florida that left dozens of people dead.
At a large gathering outside Trinity Church in Copley Square, the crowd was asked to let out a loud yell in order to release their anger.
The event was attended by people of different backgrounds including many people from the LGBT community. Much of it was led by Boston’s Sisters of Perpetual indulgence, a self-proclaimed group of “activist drag nuns.”
“As a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence one actually takes vows,” One Sister said, “And one of the vows is refusing to stay silent in the face of intolerance, bigotry, or injustice.”
The crowd held candles and also joined in a group singing of “Amazing Grace.”
At an earlier and smaller vigil on the Boston Common, attendees voiced their heartache over the attack.
“I kind of broke down a few times today and I couldn’t pin point why. I mean, obviously, it’s a tragedy, it’s sad. But, it’s also scary that this stuff is still happening,” Danielle Civitillo said while standing with her partner.
Others talked about the need for policy change to prevent future mass shootings.
“If we put assault weapons in people’s hands where one human being can walk into a situation and massacre 50 human beings and wound 50 more, this is insanity,” Cathy Hoffman said.