Augusta stands in solidarity, praying for Orlando

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – And several people in the CSRA took time Sunday night to show their support for the victims of the mass shooting.  One hour for songs, prayer and reflection took place in downtown Augusta for the lives impacted in Orlando.

A joyful noise rang out in the sanctuary of Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer on 5th and Greene Street in Downtown Augusta.

“It’s is well with my soul!”

Nearly 400 miles separates the CSRA from Orlando where loved ones and friends are shaken by the deadliest mass shooting in U-S history.

Rev. Rick Sosbe, Senior Pastor of MCC of Our Redeemer told the group that packed inside his church to pay respect, “We all are created from a place of love by an amazing God.”

A unified body of Augustans showed love conquers all after a gunman killed 50 people and injured more than 50 others at Pulse, a gay bar and nightclub in Orlando.

“It’s important that everyone be able to be who they are and love who they choose,” said Jace Hamilton, a North Augusta resident who organized the event on his own.

Hamilton isn’t with any organization, but said he was compelled to pull together the community in the wake of this atrocity.

He said, “They would do the same for us and I think it’s just important for them to know we are here to support them in their time of need. Also to let the community know regardless of what happens, we’re still going to continue to fight. We’re still going to live our lives like everyone else is entitled to.”

Soft music, a candle lighting and no doubt tears as all began to pray for Orlando.

Rev. Sosbe added, “Post photos on Instagram. Whatever you can do to show your support, your solidarity and the hope that we can all have that one day we will all be united and we will celebrate human kind.”

Also showing solidarity were several members of Augusta Pride who are on the heels of their annual Pride Fest. They spoke to how they plan to keep it secure and safe for those attending.

“This is our seventh year. We always have a strong security presence and we always have a strong presence from the local police department. We will continue to work with them to make sure that the event is safe,” said Vice President Alonzo Smith.

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