Religious leaders hold interfaith vigil to honor victims of Pulse massacre
LANTANA, Fla. (CBS12) —
Religious leaders from different faiths joined together for a moment of silence two years after 49 people were gunned down at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
An interfaith group of people held a vigil Tuesday night at Masjid Al-Tawad Mosque near Lantana.
Ari Silver, 16, is the founder of Student March to Stop Gun Violence and helped organize the vigil.
Silver spoke at the die-in demonstration near Mar-a-Lago Tuesday morning. Instead of lying down, he is standing up to call for change.
“We’re rising up. We are rising for equality," he said. "We’re rising up for all the children that have been killed and we are rising up for interfaith harmony."
People from all different faiths united and listened to speakers like Rabbi Barry Silver and Imam Zaher Badaraany talk about denouncing gun violence.
“Every time we go to school, we have to wonder, will this be my last day? What will happen to me? It’s just heartbreaking,” Silver said.
On the two-year anniversary of the tragedy, Silver hopes he inspires other students and younger church members to act.
“We’re trying to bring people together and try to spread the word that we’re not going to let this happen again,” he said.