Fifty people were killed and 53 were wounded when Omar Mateen opened fire at a popular gay nightclub. He had pledged his support to ISIS.
The attack, the worst in U.S. history, comes during Spokane’s 25th Pride celebrate. In an announcement OutSpokane wrote, “In support of our siblings, We shall have a brief observance of support.”
The vigil will take place at 6 p.m. at Riverfront Park.
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.