AURORA - Community members gathered at an Aurora church Sunday morning to honor the memory of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Monday will mark one year since a gunman killed 49 people inside a gay nightclub, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
A special service was held Sunday at Mountain View United Church at 10700 E. Evans Avenue in Aurora. Church members carried 49 colored t-shirts from the church to the front lawn. They attached the shirts to stakes and put them in the ground to form a rainbow.
A church member read aloud the name and age of each victim. The congregation responded by singing, “presente,” the Spanish word for “present.”
“We built a rainbow of every color representing every life that was lost and calling their names to say they are present here,” Tracy Hughes said.
Hughes is the lead pastor at Mountain View United Church.
“We will never forget them and their love and their joy of life lives on in our community – in our world,” Hughes said.
The rainbow display will stay in place in front of the church through the month of June. Church leaders said it was a way to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
The church also read aloud the names of 12 transgender people who’ve been killed in 2017.
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