West Hollywood plans candlelight vigil for Colorado shooting victims

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A candlelight vigil will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday in West Hollywood to show solidarity with the LGBTQ community of Colorado Springs, Colo., in the wake of Saturday night’s shooting at a gay nightclub that left five dead and 25 injured.

“We need to stand in solidarity with everyone in the LGBTQ community,” said West Hollywood Councilman John Erickson, “and hopefully be a beacon for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ or who loves and supports our community.”

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Erickson described the rally, which will take place at Rocco’s WeHo on boulevards Santa Monica and San Vicente, as a community effort initiated by Jackie Steele, the city’s public safety commissioner.

“Together, we must demand action and solutions, no more thoughts and prayers,” added Erickson, who has worked to ensure public safety during the vigil. “Last night’s footage was grim, especially as details emerge.”

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Police have identified the suspect in the Club Q shooting as Anderson Lee Aldrich. Quickly suppressed by patrons of the club, he was taken into custody when the police arrived. Of the 25 people injured in the shooting, 19 have gunshot wounds. None of these are “deemed really critical,” said Colorado Spring Mayor John Suthers.

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