Albuquerque mourns for Orlando victims

Members and supporters of the LGBTQ community gathered in a park in a Southeast area of Albuquerque Sunday evening in solidarity with the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Hundreds of people gathered while local politicians and advocates spoke out against violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. University of New Mexico LGBTQ Resource Center Director Alma Rosa Silva-Bañuelos opened the somber and tearful event by addressing the Orlando shooting. Related: Photos: Albuquerque gathers for vigil for victims of Orlando

“We lost our family this morning and that’s why we’re gathering here today,”  Rosa Silva-Bañuelos said. “If you’re sad it’s okay because it shouldn’t be happening in 2016.”

Rosa Silva-Bañuelos repeated a common sentiment that these bars and clubs are often a place of comfort for a community that may not have another place to go.

Photos: Albuquerque gathers for vigil for victims of Orlando

Sunday night, hundreds of people gathered in Albuquerque to mourn the deaths of dozens of patrons at a LGBTQ club in Orlando who were shot and killed. Police identified Omar Mateen as the man who killed those in what President Barack Obama called “an act of terror and an act of hate.” Mateen allegedly pledged to the terror group ISIS before shooting dozens at the club. Related: Albuquerque mourns for Orlando victims

President, NM leaders react to Orlando shooting

New Mexico politicians weighed in on the tragedy in Orlando where dozens of people at a LGBT club were shot to death and dozens others injured. Police identified the suspect as Omar Mateen. Information is still coming in on the shooting. President Barack Obama called it “an act of terror and an act of hate.” His full address, the 15th post-mass shooting massacre since he took office, is embedded below.