Baltimore community mourns for those lost in Orlando

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-12 23:28:16-04

The Baltimore community came together Sunday night to remember those lost and hurt in Orlando's night club shooting Sunday.

All the gatherings were emotional and full of people mourning yet another shooting, this time, the largest in U.S. history.

The horror that struck Orlando Sunday morning has now hit Baltimore communities. 

"It's really horrible and wrong and it's also very disturbing how often it's happening nowadays.  I feel like we need to take action and do something about gun laws and what's happening," Quimby Sohlberg told ABC2.

A special service was held at Memorial Episcopal Church.  Dozens, including Baltimore Police Commissioner, Kevin Davis paid their respects to those murdered and hurt at Pulse, an LGBTQ club in Orlando.

"These things keep happening again and again and again and I think collectively our nation has to figure it all out," said Davis.

"Whether it was terrorist, whether it was anti gay hatred, whether it was some bizarre combination.  we don't know anything other than it was just pure hate," said Lori McPherson, a member of the LGBTQ community.

In times like these, religious leaders like Reverend Grey Maggiano, say people need faith.

"People often need a place just to go and grieve, to talk and to have companionship and that's what the role of the church is."

But the frustration and grief were apparent.

"If you just let things happen, things aren't going to change," said Sohlberg.

"It has to do with gun violence, it has to do with Islamic terrorism, it has to do with gay rights," Maggiano said.

Nearby at the George Washington Memorial, the feeling was the same Sunday night.  Why does the senseless violence continue?

"For many of us it could've been our friends, it could've been people that we cared about and that's why an event like this is so traumatic," Maggiano said.

"We thought this was over, we thought the reason my generation worked so hard and the generation behind me worked so hard was so we wouldn't have to go through this again," McPherson said.

More vigils are planned this week across the nation.  Many political leaders are also speaking out about the tragedy including Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan.

He's ordered that all flags in the state fly at half-staff.