Several hundred people gathered in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square tonight to vent their anger at the deaths in Orlando, but also to show their love for those hurting.
William, a drag performer who moved to Boston from Orlando last fall, recalled the four friends he had there who died, the four in critical condition and others who were shot. But as he tried to maintain his composure, he said, "if I preach one word today, it would be love."
Greg Cook attended and filed a report and photos:
The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who led the vigil, called for a moment of non-silence, in which people could let out their feelings:
Xandra Minter of Queer Muslims of Boston said the Koran says that anybody who murders one person murders all of mankind and that
The Rev. Bill Rich, vicar of Trinity Church, said the church decided to cancel its normal 8 p.m. service, "so we could be with you."
"We all could have been there," Rich, who is gay, said, adding he mourns not just for the victims of the gunfire, but for "all the hearts, and minds and souls that have been injured by this violence."
He continued, however, the answer is not meeting violence with violence, or fear. "Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!" he said.
People with candles raised them in memory of the dead and injured:
The crowd sang "Amazing Grace:"