Orlando terror shooting: Scores gather in remembrance of victims

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Edited by Nelly Tawil

Hundreds of people have gathered in Sydney in remembrance of the victims of the deadliest gun massacre in modern US history – worse than the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre where 33 died, and the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre where 28 died.

It is also the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since September 11.

Sydney’s Town Hall has been lit up in pink as a mark of respect to the victims of the terror shooting at an Orlando nightclub. Omar Mateen opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub in the city of Orlando on Sunday morning killing fifty people and injuring more than 50 others.

Taylor Square was bombarded with scores of people walking along the Mardi Gras parade route, only a short walk from some of the city’s best-known gay nightspots, in reaction to the violence a little before 6pm on Monday.

Mourners and others touched by the incident came together Monday night in the Newtown Neighborhood Centre to light a candle in respect for the lives lost. The Sydney Harbor Bridge was also turned pink in a show of solidarity with those affected by the tragedy.

No Australians have been identified among the victims of the massacre, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

“At this stage, the embassy has not received any advice of Australians affected,” a DFAT spokeswoman said on Monday.