BOSTON (CBS) — Hundreds of people attended a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre on City Hall Plaza Monday evening.
Flags are at half-staff at City Hall to honor the 49 people killed at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub.
Mayor Marty Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker attended the candlelight vigil.
“It’s important for the people of Orlando to understand that we stand in solidarity with them and we will continue to stand in solidarity with them,” Mayor Walsh said. “And, we will help them in any way that we can.”
Some clutched candles and held LGBT pride flags. Many grappled with emotions tough to articulate.
“We’re at a place that is hard,” said M.D. Brooks. “That’s what I’m trying to figure out now is what to do with all of that mix of emotions that I feel.”
It was even overwhelming for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
“It was devastating to wake up yesterday, to hear the news,” Healey said. “It is so important that we come together now. That, look, the LGBT community is strong and will continue to be strong.”
The goal of the vigil was healing and strength. Attendees formed a long line to write in a condolence book which will be sent to Orlando.
Although healing will take time, this massive show of support proves it can happen. “It’s such a nice reminder that there are so many of us who are so ready for progress and ready for change and so proud of ourselves,” said Colin Sullivan.
The condolence book will be on display in the City Hall lobby for the public to write in all week and then it will be sent to Orlando’s mayor.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports