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Lady Gaga Reads Names of Orlando Shooting Victims to Thousands at Downtown Los Angeles Vigil



    Lady Gaga Attends Downtown LA Vigil for Orlando Victims

    In a surprise appearance, Lady Gaga read names of the fallen at a downtown LA vigil after 49 were killed in an Orlando nightclub shooting. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, June 13, 2016. (Published Monday, June 13, 2016)

    Thousands attended a downtown Los Angeles vigil for those killed in a rampage at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, as singer Lady Gaga read the names of the slain to a hushed crowd.

    Los Angeles' lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community chanted loud and proud before Lady Gaga, an advocate for LGBT equality, approached the podium at City Hall Monday night in a surprise appearance.

    "Like all prejudicial crimes, this is an attack on humanity itself," Lady Gaga said with tears in her eyes.

    She led in reading the names of the 49 victims. Activists also spoke to the crowd, vowing not to give in to terror.

    "We have fought for marriage. We have fought for equality. Every step of the way we have been afraid. We have walked forward anyway," West Hollywood councilman John Duran said.

    Lady Gaga shed tears as many in the crowd embraced.

    "We represent the compassion and loyalty of millions of people that believe in you. You are not alone!" Lady Gaga said.

    Vivian Romero, Montebello Mayor pro tempore and a married gay woman, welcomed the words of solidarity after gunman Omar Mateen stormed a crowded nightclub and opened fire on the patrons over the weekend.

    "If my wife and I can't live in a country where we are free to be who we are, love who we want, we don't want to live here," Romero said.

    Her spouse also attended the vigil, saying love is the answer - not hate.

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    Regular customers of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando say they recall seeing shooter Omar Mateen at the gay bar on several occasions. Jim Van Horn, 71, said he was a frequent patron at Pulse and Mateen was another "regular." Van Horn told The Associated Press on Monday that Mateen "was a homosexual and he was trying to pick up men."
    (Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016)

    "We have to come together and understand each other," Shannon Calland said.

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