LA Tech students host candlelight vigil to honor Orlando victims

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Students from Louisiana Tech held a candlelight vigil Thursday night, to remember those who lost their lives in the Orlando shooting, and to show support for the Ruston LGBT community.

The ceremony was held at the Lady of the Mist on Tech's campus. It was a solemn moment for both students and faculty members.

They lit candles, and read the names of all 49 victims aloud. They also took turns speaking, sharing their emotions about the shooting, and how it's impacted them.

Even though she waited a few weeks to organize the ceremony, Mallory Garza, saw it necessary to show the LGBT community, the student body at Tech is here to support them.

"We want to make sure that our community knows that regardless of their multi-culture background that they have individuals and a community that supports them," Garza said.

Other Tech students, like Taylor Michiels, said it was great to see the that many people from the university gathered in one place.

"I think it's really reassuring that I go to a university that does care about this and they care about people like me," Michiels said.