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50,000 Gather For Vigil To Remember Orlando Shooting Victims

"While the whole world is watching, it is our time to show how love will conquer hate. We are one Pulse, one nation."

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Around 50,000 people gathered at Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday to mark one week since the shooting in the city that left 49 people dead at Pulse, a gay nightclub.

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The crowd brought candles, pride flags, and signs to show support.

50,000 have come out to #LakeEola for tonight's #OrlandoUnited vigil. This is why we #LoveOrlando! #OrlandoStrong


Above, a rainbow appeared, prompting emotional reactions from some in the crowd.

Whaaaaat! Crowd just went nuts as a stunning rainbow appeared over Lake Eola vigil @WESH

Speakers shared messages of unity and solidarity with the LGBT and Latino communities.

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The crowd chanted along with Pulse employees: "Peace, love, Pulse."

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Community leaders also called for unity across lines of faith, sexuality, and race.

Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs made a tearful plea to straight people in the crowd: "Open your hearts to acceptance." #OrlandoShooting

"Orlando united. Orlando unido."

Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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