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LGBT community holds candlelight vigil in Flint for Orlando victims

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The haunting images of the terror in Orlando was replaced with a sense of power and pride Monday night.

"The people who died in Orlando are members of my family ultimately," Stacey Langworthy said.

The Flint LGBT community lit candles as a symbol of unity for the loss of 49 family members and the injury of more than 50. They grieved the assault that happened in a place they said should have been safe.

"Everyone was affected that day. Everyone felt their pain. They felt everyone's family and friends' emotions," Shaunie Borton said.

The University of Michigan-Flint's LGBT community said support is needed as it continues to work for equal rights.

"Last year we had marriage equality pass and this year we're mourning the loss of our family and community. So we still have a ways to go," said Gabrielle Veal, president of U of M-Flint Pride.

The vigil was about remembering the men and women who lost their lives, but there's hope the tragedy will help unify in the future.

"Just so people know that they're not alone and we are celebrating who they are and there is a place for them here.

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