Monday, June 13, 2016

Local Officials to Hold Vigils in Honor of Orlando Shooting Victims

Newark, New Jersey: Vigils will be held today and tomorrow throughout Essex County to honor the victims of a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida on Sunday. 

According to Newark Senior Press Information Officer David Lippman, a vigil hosted by Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the City of Newark's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Commission will take place tonight at 6:00pm on the front steps of City Hall. City Hall flags will fly at half mast, and residents are welcome to participate in the vigil. 

"I urge all of Newark to join me at this vigil in sending our condolences and support to the victims, and a firm message to the world: Newark stands opposed to gun violence, homophobia, and bigotry", said Mayor Baraka in a statement. 

In addition, the Township of Maplewood and the Township of South Orange Village will hold a joint vigil on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00pm at the Sloan Street Gazebo in Downtown South Orange, outside of the main South Orange Train Station. 

Photo: The final project of art history students at Columbia High School in Maplewood is on display on the school's clock tower. It can be viewed at 17 Parker Avenue. 

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