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Capital Pride to hold “moment of silence” for Orlando victims


Capital Pride Alliance will observe a “moment of silence” at today’s Capital Pride Festival in the wake of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando early this morning.

“We deplore the wanton and senseless act of terrorism in Orlando, Florida earlier this morning, and our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and friends and the people of central Florida,” Capital Pride Alliance said in a statement. “Capital Pride will observe a moment of silence from the Capitol Stage at 1:00 p.m. in remembrance of the victims.”

“Today’s Capital Pride Festival and Concert will go on as planned,” the statement continues. “We have every confidence in the security we are able to provide at our events, in large part because of our cooperative partnership with local and federal law enforcement agencies in the Washington, D.C. area, and the strong measures that are already in place for the city.”

In an earlier Facebook post, Capital Pride said: “Our thoughts are with the people of Orlando and their loved ones.”

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