COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. (CBS) — All of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando were remembered in South Jersey on Tuesday night. A vigil was held in Collingswood, Camden County.
Collingswood actually has one of the largest LGBT communities in South Jersey. On Tuesday, hundreds of people showed up to support one another in Collingswood, while remembering the victims in Orlando.
The names read on Tuesday are names that most in Collingswood can only associate with this massacre. The events of the weekend were enough to bring many in attendance to tears while others were still in shock.
“I love everybody,” said Jessica Stewart of Bellmawr, N.J. “I feel just so much for their families and their friends.”
Authorities believe that Pulse nightclub was targeted because it was a popular gay club.
Jim DeSimone of PFLAG, part of the National LGBT Activism Group, says that Orlando highlights the need for more understanding. “I think we have no choice but to stand up for equal rights. We’re all human beings. We all deserve that dignity, respect, the love. We’re all the same underneath.”
All 49 names were read during the vigil. Many at the vigil did not know the names personally, but know they share in the struggle for tolerance; a struggle that they say transcends city lines and goes beyond state borders.
“It’s tragic that something like this still happens in this country in this day and age,” said John Loesch.