Vigils planned in the Lowcountry for Orlando shooting victims

VIDEO: Vigils being held in the Lowcountry for Orlando shooting victims

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Vigils are being planned in the Lowcountry to honor the victims in Sunday's deadly Orlando shooting.

Officials say 50 lives, including that of the suspected shooter, were lost in a terror attack at Pulse and at least 53 others were injured. Names of the victims are slowly being released as officials work to notify their families.

On its Facebook page, Pulse is described as Orlando's premier gay nightclub and bar.

Events being held in the Lowcountry include the following:

  • Charleston Pride, an organization that promotes visibility and equal rights among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons, will be holding a vigil Monday at 7 p.m. in downtown Charleston. It will be held at the Charleston Visitor Center and Bus Shed.  According to organizers, local community, municipal, and religious leaders will come together to honor and remember the victims of the tragedy.
  • St. James United Methodist Church is inviting all to a candlelight prayer vigil service for victims and families in the Orlando shooting, also at 7 p.m. The church is located at 512 St James Avenue in Goose Creek.
  • St. Padre Pio Catholic Church in Summerville will also be holding a candlelight vigil and memorial service. The service starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church at 102 Old Trolley Road.

The mass shooting happened on the same week as the anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shootings in Charleston, in which the lives of nine black parishioners were taken.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg has released the following statement in support of the people of Orlando.

Early this morning, in an act of unimaginable savagery, the lives of at least fifty innocent men and women were cruelly...

Posted by Mayor John Tecklenburg on Sunday, June 12, 2016

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