DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As people across the country and around the world mourn the 49 people killed inside a Florida nightclub, here in North Texas vigils for those victims continue.
After a standing room only celebration at a Fort Worth church Monday night, another large crowd is expected to gather for a free concert in Oak Lawn tonight to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre.
As hundreds filled the Celebration Church in Fort Worth for a candlelight vigil the names of the 49 people killed at Pulse nightclub were read aloud.
Though Orlando is nearly 1,000 miles from Fort Worth there are North Texans personally affected by the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Among the overflow crowd at Celebration Church was a woman who told mourners her nephew is among the dead and a man who said one of the injured club patrons is the brother of an acquaintance.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and members of the police department were part of the crowd. While there is grief, there is also fear that an attack could happen anywhere, but mourners said the sight of officers, as law enforcement officials and members of the community, was a reassuring to a community shaken by tragedy.
Meanwhile in Dallas, the Legacy of Love Monument, a 27-foot-tall column and surrounding garden built to honor people suffering from or who have died from AIDS, continues to set the tone for how North Texans are feeling.
The monument, now covered with flowers, ribbons, pictures, and banners of support, is a somber symbol of love.
Dallas resident Darlene Grillot is still shaken by the events Sunday morning. “It’s just scary,” she said. “This could have been anywhere, could have happened to anyone. It could have been me. It could have been us. Our friends.”
Organizers say the “Songs for Healing – Together in Song” concert tonight is meant to help people heal — through music.
The world-renowned Turtle Creek Chorale male chorus is presenting the concert in Oak Lawn. Chorus Artistic Director Sean Baugh said event is meant to be encouraging and offer hope. “This irrational and cruel act of terrorism strikes deeply at the very core of our community. The impact is horrible throughout our city, our state and our world. We must do what we do best – heal with the power of song – to blunt this pathetic act.”
The Chorale’s Executive Director, Bruce Jaster, expounded more on the power of music, and therefor the power of the Dallas-based chorus. “The Turtle Creek Chorale changes lives with music — music that shatters hateful rhetoric. While others may foolishly cast this crime as a justifiable act, the Chorale responds with a louder and more meaningful sound to drown them out.”
The one-hour “Songs for Healing – Together in Song” concert begins at 7 p.m. and is being held at the Cathedral of Hope, located at 5910 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas.
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