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Local vigil held for Orlando shooting victims

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Hundreds in Chattanooga lit candles Monday night to remember the lives lost in Orlando over the weekend. 

Kevin Flowers says attending Monday night's vigil is a small token of what he can do.

“I know there are a lot of people giving money and I just want to show my support in a community I am in, I just want to stand by them even though we are so far away,” says Flowers.

Flowers has friends who live in Orlando. He was worried they were at pulse night club at the time of the massacre.

“It just kind of scared me because I was unsure, but when I found out through Facebook it came some peace to me to know they were okay,” says Flowers.

Flowers says the early morning shooting took him back to July 16th.

“Knowing we have went through a small portion of what they went through, only a small amount of the anger we have experienced, they are experiencing because of the number of deaths," says Flowers.

Flowers says he's angry and afraid. He says vigils like this help him and others in the LGBT community heal.

“Try to be a stronger person within the community," he says. "Show stronger support for each and every person who is involved."

Mayor Berke addressed the crowd, as well as the president of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga.

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