UCF to host vigil in remembrance of Pulse victims
Update: The event location was changed from the Reflecting Pond to Memory Mall.
A vigil in honor of the Pulse shooting victims will be held at the UCF's Memory Mall tomorrow at 7 p.m.
It is one of several vigils scheduled to be held in the city in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub, which claimed the lives of 50 people and left more than 100 injured.
The names of victims will be read on the mall after speeches by various community members regarding the impact the recent shooting has had on the city. Two victims, Juan Ramon Guerrero and Christopher Andrew Leinonen, have been identified as members of the UCF community thus far. Ramon was a pre-finance major and Leinonen was a two-time graduate who received both his bachelor's degree and master's degree at at UCF.
Scheduled speakers include university President John C. Hitt, Student Government Association President Christopher Clemente and several unnamed members of the city's LGBTQ+ community.
The vigil is being organized by members of UCF's LGBTQ+ community and the school's Social Justice and Advocacy office, which offers various outreach and support services to students.
Free parking is available in garage H.
The university has established a webpage concerning upcoming memorial events and support services available to students here.
A livestream of the event will be hosted on UCF's Facebook page.
For more information about the vigil, visit the event page here.
Bernard Wilchusky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Florida Future. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @cameradudeman.