From Singapore to Seattle, from Glasgow to San Francisco, mourners around the world held vigils on Monday for victims of the mass shooting that took place at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this weekend.
Many of those grieving expressed a resolve to support and love each other, rather than be provoked into anger and hate.
"I will not distill my grief into hatred," read one person's hand-made placard at a vigil at Boston's City Hall Plaza.
In New York City, a vigil was held outside of the historic Stonewall Inn. One person there, Stephanie Yim, told Refinery29, "I identify as a queer person, and the fact that I guess, where it hits—it hits really close to home. [These] should be safe places, and places where you meet friends, you fall in love. And people need to remember that, at the end of the day, I think love wins."
In Orlando, after emotional statements from activists and local and national officials, a moment of silence was held while a church bell rang 49 times—once for each victim.
— Charli James (@charli) June 14, 2016
Some attendees expressed surprise to feel so much support from the larger community. "I wasn't expecting as many people. I'm still kind of in shock a little bit," Orlando resident Elizabeth Cortes told ABC News. "Being here makes it a little more surreal. The turnout is amazing. Like they say, love conquers."
A friend just posted this view of tonight's vigil in Orlando, from the top of the Dr. Phillips Center. <3 pic.twitter.com/tOoI6a2LW7
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) June 14, 2016
— ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2016
Photos emerged throughout the evening, documenting emotional vigils that spanned the globe:
"This little light of mine..." in Burlington, Vermont. pic.twitter.com/yXRSKAYk6p
— Danny Freeman (@DannyEFreeman) June 13, 2016
A vigil mourning the Orlando shooting victims in Singapore (:Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/TWUxUU9AHp
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 14, 2016
— ABC7News (@ABC7News) June 13, 2016
— The Stranger (@TheStranger) June 13, 2016
London Gay Men's choir sings Bridge Over Troubled Water at the London vigil for Orlando https://t.co/GiAdOK8pN7
— Kathi Denfeld (@KathiDenfeld) June 14, 2016
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) June 13, 2016
— The National (@ScotNational) June 14, 2016
— コディエル (@PumpkingJack) June 14, 2016
— Kelly Poe (@kelly_poe) June 14, 2016
More vigils are planned throughout the rest of week. The LGBTQ rights group Equality Florida has set up a fundraiser for the victims and their families, and supporters are asked to donate here.