Several dozen people gathered Sunday evening on the west grounds of the Iowa Capitol, in honor of those killed in the Orlando mass shooting early Sunday morning. The deaths of at least 49 people and the wounding of 53 others at a gay nightclub came as Des Moines and other cities around the country were celebrating National LGBT Pride Month in the U.S. with parades and other events this weekend.
Elsewhere in Iowa, members of the group Iowa City Pride plan to discuss ways they can help the shooting victims.
Monday night in Iowa City, a vigil is planned for the Orlando victims at 7pm, tentatively on the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall.
At 6:30pm on Monday, the Ames United Church of Christ will host a gathering for LBGT people, their families, friends, and supporters. On the church's Facebook page, Senior Minister Eileen Gibbee says it is important for the community to come together, "..to mourn and to rage and to be reminded that we are not alone in resisting hate and violence."
Shooting coverage from NPR.