Boyle Heights honors Orlando victims with a Mariachi Plaza vigil
Almost a week has passed since the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, and LGBT communities across the country continue to mourn. A vigil is being held at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights Friday night at 6 p.m. to honor the victims.
The vigil was coordinated by Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, a national advocacy organization for LGBT and Latino communities, which was founded in 2014. There will be food, music and an opportunity for public discussion.
The effects of the rampage that left 50 dead have been unfolding since Sunday morning. Following the shooting, Santa Monica police arrested a heavily-armed suspect that was headed to L.A. Pride, James Wesley Howell of Indiana. He has since been charged with three felony weapons violations in California, as well as child molestation charges in his home state of Indiana. Earlier in the week, Angelenos attended community gatherings across the city.
A call for new gun control legislation has also reverberated throughout the country since then, including a filibuster from Senate Democrats and a proposal for a bill that would prohibit people on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms.