Candlelit vigil for Orlando victims at Ripon Cathedral
Horrified Ripon man Ben Metcalf was so moved by the tragic shootings in Orlando over the weekend that he has organised a candlelit vigil.
It will be held at Ripon Catherdral tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 14 from 7pm.Ben said: "I was truly horrified at the crime committed. I have been watching the news and following the event closely. I felt that I needed to show respect and solidarity to all those involved."Called Solidarity and Support for Orlando, there will be a book of condolences at Ripon Cathedral and a chance to give a donation to be sent onto their fund raisers via their just giving page.Everyone is welcome old, young, gay, and straight, to stand in solidarity with the victims families and loved ones who lost their lives in the tragic events in Florida.Ben, who is a project worker for Barnardos, said: "It's very important that we show the younger members of the community that Ripon and the county is a safe place for all young people."In my working life I work for Barnardos, on an LGBTQ specific service, raising LGBTQ awareness in schools and organisations. "Personally, I do identify as a gay man and the incident has really touched my heart."In total 49 people were killed and 53 injured in the attack in Pulse nightclub in Orlando in the early hours of Sunday morning.It's the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history which was ended when Florida police shot dead the gunman Omar Mateen. Ben Metcalf said: "I couldn' let the incident pass by without doing something to show that I, along with my friends, and I hope my community stand for equality and that this incident will not go by unnoticed. "The community needs to be visible and vocal in standing up for equality and saying No to Homophobia. Our community needs to be safe for everyone and I hope that the vigil will visually show this."