North Knoxville church holds tribute to Orlando nightclub shooting victims

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tuesday marks one month since the deadly shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and to honor the victims there was a unity service in north Knoxville called “Love. After Orlando.”

The service was both inspirational and emotional and was meant to bring everyone together. People of all backgrounds filled St. John Lutheran’s Church, a safe place for people to remember the 49 people killed in last month’s shooting. Robin Lovett came to the service to grieve and remember.

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“We can’t forget them, our hearts haven’t forgotten. There’s a lot of people hurting,” said Lovett.

The ceremony was held so people could support one another showing love triumph’s hate.

“It’s all about support, it’s all about unity, and it’s all about love,” she said.

Pastor Amy Figg was one of the leaders who helped come up with the idea.

“Sometimes people need the opportunity to just draw near to one another. If we can find a way to bring people together for conversation and to find our common ground, the hope there is that we could move forward in a really healthy way,” said Pastor Figg.

The group worked to show that even in the midst of tragedy there still remains unity and strength within our community. Tuesday night’s service also remembered the lives of the five Dallas police officers who were killed last week as well as the two black men who were killed in Louisiana and Minnesota.

St. John Lutheran’s church plans to have a follow up event on the first Friday of next month.

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