Idaho Cities Hold Vigils To Honor Orlando Shooting Victims

Jun 13, 2016

Hundreds of Idahoans have attended vigils across the state to honor the victims of a mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando.

More than 200 people attended Sunday's vigil in Boise, while large crowds were also reported in Twin Falls and Moscow.

A vigil in Sandpoint will take place Monday evening, while another vigil will be held in Pocatello on Thursday.

Authorities say the shooting early Sunday left 50 people dead — including the gunman — and injured more than 50 others.

Chelsea Gaona Lincoln, an LGBT-rights activist who helped organize the vigils, urged the public to help protect the rights of Idaho's gay community.

Boise Pridefest, Idaho's largest LGBT pride event, is currently in the middle of its weeklong activities. Police officers are expected to have a strong presence at the events.