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Candlelight vigil held Sunday night for the Orlando victims

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A group of citizens met on the Lebanon Square Sunday night for a candlelight vigil for the victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Citizens gathered at the Lebanon Public Square on Sunday night to honor the victims of the recent shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida.

The incident, now being called the worst mass shooting in United States history, occurred around 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, at Orlando's Pulse nightclub.

The deranged gunman, identified as American-born 29-year-old Omar Mateen, carried an assault weapon, as well as a handgun, into the club where he went on a shooting spree. During the attack, which took a reported 50 lives, including his own life, Mateen called 911 operators to pledge allegiance to terror group ISIS.

Since news broke of the attack, Americans nationwide have mourned the losses.

Candlelight Vigil coordinator Nick Keel, of Lebanon, said his fiancé and co-coordinator, Zack York, cried when hearing the horrific news.

"We wanted to do something here so that other people could speak up and speak out," he said, noting that a similar incident could easily occur locally. "This affects everybody. Yes, it happened in a gay club - but it could have happened in a straight club. It could have happened anywhere."

Keel said that he hopes folks walked away from the vigil loving one another.

"We had families there. I know that those kids that came to the vigil to light candles will be changed in a positive way to love everybody. We are making a positive change for everyone," he said, noting that the Orlando shooter was someone who had "hate in their heart."

Keel also hopes that more strides will be made to be educated and aware of how to respond in those types of situations.

"People have to be educated and trained what to do... When someone is actively shooting, you have to act," he said.

Keel thanked the Lebanon Police Department for offering security during the vigil service - and the other first responders for the work they do daily.

"Literally, this could happen anywhere," he reiterated.

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