Imam Faizul Khan addresses the audience gathered at the International Cultural Center in Montgomery Village June 13, a day after a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER
MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – The pain, anger and sadness expressed at Monday evening’s solidarity event for the people killed at a Florida nightclub on Sunday was real, even though the victims were over 800 miles away.
“These are not disconnected events,” said Gonpo Yeshe of Poolesville, “Orlando seems to be far away, but the events in Orlando and the violence that happens here are not disconnected.”
At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, heavily-armed gunman Omar Mateen opened fire and took hostages at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The shooting spree, considered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, left 50 people dead and another 53 injured.
Faith, community and political leaders gathered on Monday to condemn the violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community.