Hundreds of central Iowans held a vigil in downtown Des Moines to mourn the lost lives in the Orlando mass killings. They came in support of the LGBT and Hispanic communities, and to call for tougher gun laws.
One Iowa, the state’s largest advocate for LGBT rights, organized the gathering in the sculpture park downtown.
Politicians, civil rights leaders and local clergy paraded to the mic to call for an end to what they called senseless violence in America.
Deanna Edwards of Des Moines had family reasons for being in the crowd.