Durham Reacts To The Orlando Massacre

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

The Orlando tragedy has hit close to home for many Durham residents.

“It’s catastrophic it goes right across the board.”

Chalaine Porter with Pride Durham says the local LGBT community is still coming to terms with the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday morning that claimed the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 others.

“Everybody feels for what is happening because we are a community and because you know the love is there and the unity is there.”

Police say the shooter, Omar Mateen was known to people close to him as “unhinged” and homophobic.

“You see the devastation and anguish that people you know have when stuff like this happens and it’s hard to watch your community, feel all this emotion and be so sad and be so emotional and heartbroken about the events that took place.”

Orlando police say the shooter declared his allegiance to the Islamic State in a 9-1-1 call he made prior to the attack.

The MASSACRE has Durham residents worried about the potential of an attack happening HERE, but DRPS SAY THERE ARE NO CURRENT CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY.

“We belong to a number of national groups myself I sit on a couple of them.  I sit on the national security community for the country.  So we keep well embedded in to that kind of information and there is.”

As authorities try to determine if the shooter had any accomplices, DRPS Chief Paul Martin discusses that terrorist attacks like this are not isolated to the United State.

“We have to be lucky every time, they only have to be lucky once.  So can we absolutely guarantee that we will never prevent anything?  No, but certainly we work diligently to try anything in our jurisdiction”

The pride flag at Oshawa City Hall was lowered to half mass today.  There will be a vigil tonight at civic square in Oshawa in front of City hall starting at 7:30 pm.

“It’s a commemoration out of love and respect for the people who lives were taken and their families, and to show our love and support”

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