Vigil for Orlando shooting victims set for Saturday

Photo by John Reecer/WKU Herald.

John Reecer

At 7 p.m. Saturday night, the Bowling Green Fairness Campaign will hold a vigil for the victims of the recent mass shooting at the PULSE night club in Orlando, Fla. 

The vigil will be held at the Bowling Green River Walk and is set to last until 9 p.m. that evening. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday night, but the vigil was rescheduled due to bad weather.

The event will feature guest speakers, a moment of song, and information on how the community can help the victims’ families in the wake of the tragedy.

Saturday night’s vigil is open to the public, and the Bowling Green Fairness Campaign has asked that attendees be respectful regardless of beliefs. 

WKU Dean of Students Lynne Holland sent out a mass email to all WKU students Wednesday morning about the shooting in Orlando. 

“We mourn with family members and friends of loved ones who fell victim to senseless violence in Orlando early Sunday morning,” Holland said. “That members of the Latino, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer communities and other club patrons were targeted is unconscionable. All of us both, individually and collectively, are affected.”

The email also included information about the vigil and advice from the WKU Counseling and Testing Center for students on appropriate ways to deal with grief in response to the shooting. 

Such tips for students included to be mindful of your emotions, stay in motion/routines, reach out to others, find a balance between responding and reflecting to the tragedy and bring your own meaning to the tragedy.  

The email also encouraged students to consider attending the vigil to help out with the grief process so they will not be alone in sadness and anger.