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Chattanooga church holds vigil to remember Orlando mass shooting victims

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People in cities across the country mourned the loss of lives taken when a gunman opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Orlando overnight.

The Chattanooga community came together to remember the people who died on Sunday.

First Christian Church held a vigil for people of all beliefs to gather and offer prayers for the victims and families affected in Orlando. Channel 3 spoke with a pastor from the church and a member of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga about what happened.

"This sort of cycle of violence that we see  in our country. It seems to be some mass shooting happening every several months or so and it's important to come up with ways and respond to that as communities of faith and as a wider community," Brandon Gilven, a pastor of the church said.

"It is not in our religion or our faith to be an aggressor or attack people with no reason and this person did so without any reason," Bassam Issa of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga said.

The Tennessee Valley Pride will hold a candlelight vigil on Monday at Chuck's II on Main Street at 8 p.m.

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