Dozens of mourners gathered outside a Milford church to honor the victims in Orlando and pray for peace.
The vigil was held at the Mary Taylor United Methodist Church.
A bell outside the church rang out 50 times in mourning, one for every single person who died during Sunday’s tragedy in Orlando—the 49 victims and even the man behind the shooting spree.
During the tribute, Becky Virgalla couldn’t help but think about the friends she lost to gun violence.
“I'm a survivor of the Sandy Hook school shooting. I was a teacher there that day. This is just like ripping the scab, once again,” Virgalla said, adding that she thinks about the shooting every day. “I think about all the children who died and the parents and how sad it all is."
She said her heart bleeds for every victim in Orlando, along with their families and the survivors. She knows their pain.
“You do get through it. You don't really move on, you do get better but you do have setbacks,” Virgalla said.
As the bells rang out at the vigil, Virgalla found comfort in the church community.
“You just have to stick together, rely on each other and be there and support each other,” Virgalla said.
She said she hopes the thoughts and prayers lead to discussion and action.
The church’s gay-straight alliance organized Monday’s vigil.
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