Freedom Tower in Miami Lights Up in Honor of Orlando

South Florida is offering its support to Orlando. The Freedom Tower in Miami lit up in rainbow colors in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.

The president at Miami Dade College said students were emailing and demanding the college do something to bring the community together.

Voices of love, hope and healing sang out in Downtown Miami Thursday as the Freedom Tower washed in the colors of the rainbow.

Still reeling over the terror and hate that unfolded in Orlando over the weekend, those in attendance weren't shy about their fears.

"I actually lost a friend of mine Sunday. It's hit close to home and I keep thinking I'm going to wake up from this nightmare," one attendee said.

"It's a scary time but I wanted to come out to show my support because we can't be afraid of what could happen," another added.

MDC teamed up with local legislators and faithful leaders to remember those lost, and open up communication about what can be done in the aftermath.

"Let's talk about what we can do to support the LGBT community, by giving blood or money or time or talent, to make sure our communities are full of equality, oneness and understanding," said Pastor Benjamin Evans III with the Just Love Center.

A much louder crowed marched through Wilton Manors calling for unity in the face of tragedy. They shouted for equal rights and respect for all religions and sexual orientations.

Candles flickered as the names of the 49 people killed were read one by one. They were students, professionals, mothers and fathers, all taken at Pulse nightclub.

Despite the pain, attendees were urged to focus on love, not hate.

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