Moving vigils took place across the world last night to commemorate the massacre of 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, USA on Saturday.
The killer, 29-year-old lone wolf Omar Mateen is reported to have laughed whilst shooting his victims as they ran from him in terror, before being shot dead by police.
It appears to have been an act of terror, committed against the gay community as the club was a well known venue for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT). In unconfirmed reports, Matten is said to have been a supporter of Islamic State. It has also been reported that the killer 'was a regular' at Pulse nightclub and 'used gay dating apps'.
Last night, as thousands of people gathered in solidarity at vigils across the world to show their love and support for those who lost their lives, Leeds-based Asda colleague Matthew Jenkinson said: 'Last night members of Asda Pride, our LGBT community within Asda, attended a vigil in Leeds in memory of the devastating events that happened earlier this week in Orlando. The message was emotional but a clear one: although we’ve been shook, our community stands strong together.
'The strength from all corners of the world has been phenomenal with our thoughts going out to those affected and to Walmart Pride, our partner LGBT group in the USA. As well as the vigils being a fitting memorial they’re a stark reminder that inequality still occurs around the world and that only together can we make a difference. Those who feel scared to be themselves will always have a community to approach and be a part of and Asda Pride over the coming months will continue our great work into rising awareness for the LGBT community, colleagues and customers alike.'
it was very difficult not to cry seeing this show of solidarity from the LGBT community here in London pic.twitter.com/upAW83O4cZ— Elena Cresci (@elenacresci) June 13, 2016
A fund raising page, GoFundMe, has been set up to support victims and their families and has already raised $3million.