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Vigil held in St. Louis to honor victims in Orlando shooting; police increasing patrols

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(KMOV.com) – A vigil honoring the victims who were killed and injured during an attack at a gay night club in Orlando was held at the Transgender Memorial Garden of St. Louis Sunday night

"When people are under attack, what do we do?" said Chelsay Hollon, who attended the vigil. "We stand up and fight back."

People were hugging as they held candles and came together to remember the lives lost,  the lives injured and the ones still unaccounted for. 

"I have a friend who is still unaccounted for in Orlando and we are hoping in the hours that come, that he is safe and sound," said Aaron Laxton. "But as of right now, he's still unaccounted for."

The main focus of the evening was ending violence, and promoting understanding. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says they are increasing patrols at the vigil to keep those attending it safe.

"It is incredibly angering to know that someone would target a community just because they didn't like that community," said Shane Cohn, Alderman of the 25th Ward. "It's a horrible feeling to wake up to."

The city will also lower flags at half-staff this week in honor of the victims.

Click here to go to the event’s Facebook page. 

Click here to view a slideshow of the shooting. 

Click here for the latest updates in the investigation.

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