An estimated 3,000 people gathered at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for vigil Tuesday evening remembering the massacre in Orlando last weekend.
Speakers called for action and urged courage and unity.
Krystina Dallas used the vigil as an educational opportunity for her 11-year-old daughter, Alyssa, saying: “The only way that we can end the hate and the violence and the discrimination against all people is to raise a generation of kids who know that hate and fear and discrimination is not okay.”
It meant a lot to Alyssa to be at the vigil, stating simply: “People shouldn’t get hate because of the person they like.”
A young woman offers comfort as a list of people who died in Orlando is read to the crowd.
At one point during the vigil, attendees were encouraged to hug their neighbors.
Drawings of three men who died during the shooting: Stanley Almodovar III, 23; Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20; Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22.
Forty-nine people were killed and 53 more were wounded during the shooting at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Latin night was the club’s theme that evening, and the Atlanta vigil was spoken in both Spanish and English.
Muslims showed their support as diversity was celebrated at the interfaith vigil.
Many showed support and solidarity throughout the evening.