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Mayor Barry Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando

6/12/2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 12, 2016) – Mayor Megan Barry has released the following statement on the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando:

“There are no words that can begin to express my shock and horror at the mass shooting of a nightclub in Orlando. The level of hatred that would motivate someone to murder so many innocent people is nothing short of pure evil. We must meet that evil with an overwhelming show of love - for all of our fellow Americans and for men and women around the world who daily live in fear of violence simply because of whom they love.

“Tonight at 8PM, I will be attending a vigil at Public Square Park to join those in mourning who wish to show their love and support for the victims of the shooting in Orlando, their family, their friends, and the entire LGBT community that needs to know our society will not tolerate hatred or violence.

"While we have no reason to believe this is anything but an isolated incident, our Metro Police Department is continuing to review information coming from Orlando and is in close contact with their federal partners and will do what is necessary to protect the public in Nashville.”

The candlelight vigil, which is being arranged by the Tennessee Equality Project and the Office of Mayor Megan Barry, is scheduled for 8PM at Public Square Park. Metro buildings and the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge will be lit in a rainbow in a show of love and support for the victims, their friends and their family.