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Vigils planned around the state following Orlando shooting

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A gathering of LGBT, Muslim and local leaders took place at the State Capitol on Sunday. (WFSB photo) A gathering of LGBT, Muslim and local leaders took place at the State Capitol on Sunday. (WFSB photo)

As the country looks to heal from one of the worst mass shootings in its history, local leaders across the state are taking action.

A number of vigils are coming together in light of what happened.

Center Church, the First Church of Christ in Hartford, said it will hold a prayer service and vigil at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Its doors will remain open until 2 p.m. for prayer and meditation.

There will also be a nondenominational candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. in Enfield on the Town Green.

Despite differences some may have with one another, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin called this a time to come together.

"It needs to happen, not just in the wake of tragedy," Bronin said. "This is what defines America: All coming together from any background any faith, any sexual orientation, coming together and uniting as Americans."

Bronin spoke at a gathering on Sunday night.

"This is not the country that we are," he said. "This is not the country that will accept that kind of hatred and violence."

He was joined by members of the LGBT community, Muslims and a handful of city residents at the Capitol. He said their goal was to stand together against hatred and senseless violence.

"There will be some that will take the opportunity to say bad things about Muslims and Islam and there will be some that will be supporting Muslims and support minorities and those that are hurting," said Fatama Antar, a Muslim. "And I am here to stand with those as one of the people that wants to support others and be with those kind of people that want to be supportive of one another."

"A reminder that when people come together in the end, justice and equality, all of Americas ideals will triumph in the end," Bronin said.

Hartford police said they're speaking with federal law enforcement to make sure the city is safe against terror threats. They have not released specifics yet.

New Haven police, however, announced that they are working on an enhanced protection plan for the summer.

On Sunday, a gunman who professed allegiance to the Islamic State carried out Sunday's shooting, killing 50 and wounding 53 more. Police said it happened at a gay night club in Orlando, FL.

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