Orlando Shooting victims to be honored with candlelight vigil

by Tina Johansson

Organizers from Lake County Stands Against Stigma will be  “Remembering Orlando” Saturday night in Waukegan.  

We are very vulnerable as a whole, and the (shooting) traumatized the community. It affects people, all of us. We can’t live in a community where we feel fear.” – Sara Zamor

A candlelight vigil is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. June 18. The event will be held at Lincoln Plaza located across from city hall, on the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Washington streets.

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim will give an opening statement. The names of the 49 shooting victims – patrons who were shot while in the Pulse nightclub June 12 – will be read by Alfredo Isaac.

Waukegan resident Isaac who is an entertainer, said he will also be singing.

“We work very closely with the LGBT community, and this was a horrible atrocity that occurred (in Orlando),” said Sara Zamor, coordinator of the Lake County Health Department’s Sexually Transmitted Infections/HIV Prevention program.

She added of the past Sunday’s Florida event, “We are very vulnerable as a whole, and the (shooting) traumatized the community. It affects people, all of us. We can’t live in a community where we feel fear.”

Zamor said the vigil is to help raise awareness, acknowledge the LGBTQ community, and to help people heal. “We are trying to keep the focus on the victims,” she said.

The vigil is taking place during Waukegan’s monthly Artwauk.

 

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