The local community is reacting to the horrific tragedy in Orlando with local LGBT organizations saying it was not only a terror attack, but also a hate crime meant to instill fear in everybody.
Kerry Poynter, Interim Executive Director of the Diversity Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield, said, "This happens all the time. We might be seeing it through a terrorist attack like this where so many people are gunned down in a nightclub, but people are being bullied. People are being murdered. People are being attacked because of their identity - their LGBT identity."
UIS will also have a "We Are Orlando" candlelight vigil in remembrance of the shooting victims Tuesday at 5 PM at the UIS Public Affairs Center.
The story was reported by WICS-TV 20 on June 13, 2016.
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