In light of the June 12 massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in which 50 people died and 53 people were injured, many grievously, Wellesley institutions have stepped forward to offer support for those affected by the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.
Wellesley Village Church, located at 2 Central St., asks the community to join together on Sunday, June 19 at 11am to honor the victims of the shooting. The Church will stand in witness by ringing the church bell 50 times in recognition of the tragedy.
Other institutions in Wellesley also have issued public responses to the events in Florida. The World of Wellesley earlier this week asked the community to “…come together to show unity in our humanity and to stand in support of our LGBT neighbors, all Muslim neighbors, and all of our first responders” at a candlelight peace vigil that took place on the Town Hall Green, while St. Andrew’s Episcopal church also held a vigil.
The Unitarian Universalists on their Facebook page offered “Thoughts and prayers with all those affected by the largest mass shooting in US history…at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fl…may the people of Orlando know that our thoughts are with them,” while interim Mass Bay Community College president Lynn Hunter addressed the college community on the school’s website in a letter which read in part: