Bridgehampton Vigil for Orlando Shooting Victims

A candlelight vigil has been planned for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton School to remember the victims of the mass shooting on Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

Tom House, a Bridgehampton School teacher and trustee at the Hampton Library, is planning the vigil as a show of support for the victims' families. It will be similar to the one he put together on Sunday in Bridgehampton, but this time he aims to raise student awareness and to get more members of the community involved.

 

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Those who gather will walk down Bridgehampton's Main Street, starting at the school, and return there later. Participants have been asked to take their own candles or electric tea lights. Since it will get dark as the vigil goes on, Mr. House also suggested wearing light-colored clothes and taking flashlights.

On Saturday, 50 people were killed and 53 were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Police eventually shot and killed the attacker, a 29-year-old Muslim man named Omar Mateen. The New York Times has reported the F.B.I. had investigated him three times for potential ties to Islamic State militants but found no significant connection, and he was allowed to retain his gun license and job as a security officer for a private company. Some reports have said Mr. Mateen's attacks were not motivated by religious extremism but rather by homophobia.