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PHOTOS: Mourners Gather At Glen Rock Candlelight Vigil For Orlando Victims

Representatives from Glen Rock's religious communities gathered at the vigil
Representatives from Glen Rock's religious communities gathered at the vigil Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Two mourners offer each other a sign of peace
Two mourners offer each other a sign of peace Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Mourners helped light each other's candles
Mourners helped light each other's candles Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
A large lit candle stood in the middle of the patio for mourners to light their smaller candles with
A large lit candle stood in the middle of the patio for mourners to light their smaller candles with Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Lending a helping hand
Lending a helping hand Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Mourners gathered at Glen Rock church's candlelight vigil for Orlando victims. The vigil closed with the singing of "America the Beautiful"
Mourners gathered at Glen Rock church's candlelight vigil for Orlando victims. The vigil closed with the singing of "America the Beautiful" Video Credit: Anthony Locicero
"We're all grieving," said Eileen Murphy, who passed out flyers and candles
"We're all grieving," said Eileen Murphy, who passed out flyers and candles Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Mourners held burning candles while singing songs and reciting prayers
Mourners held burning candles while singing songs and reciting prayers Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Lighting her candle
Lighting her candle Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Representatives from Glen Rock's religious communities offered prayers
Representatives from Glen Rock's religious communities offered prayers Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
"May God give [the victims' families] the strength to mend their broken hearts," said Pastor Terry O'Brien of the Community Church.
"May God give [the victims' families] the strength to mend their broken hearts," said Pastor Terry O'Brien of the Community Church. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Over 60 people gathered to mourn the victims of the Orlando shooting
Over 60 people gathered to mourn the victims of the Orlando shooting Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Members of the Jewish community sang
Members of the Jewish community sang Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
The candles provided light around the patio as the sun went down
The candles provided light around the patio as the sun went down Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Father Mark Collins addresses the crowd
Father Mark Collins addresses the crowd Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
The vigil began at 8 p.m.
The vigil began at 8 p.m. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Attendees varied in faiths and age
Attendees varied in faiths and age Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Members of the Sikh and Hindu communities gathered for the vigil
Members of the Sikh and Hindu communities gathered for the vigil Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Father Mark Collins
Father Mark Collins Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

GLEN ROCK, N.J.– Candles provided the lighting around the front porch of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Glen Rock as the sun set Wednesday night.

"Everyone is grieving and everyone needs to find solace when something like this happens," said Eileen Murphy of All Saints, as more than 60 gathered for an interfaith service mourning the 49 people killed in a mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando over the weekend.

"We felt that we needed a way for the people in our church to come together and mourn."

Prayers were offered by representatives from the Community Church of Glen Rock, the Glen Rock Jewish Center, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Hindus of Glen Rock and Sri Guru Singh Sabha Sikh Gurudwara.

"May God give [the victims' families] the strength to mend their broken hearts," said Pastor Terry O'Brien of the Community Church.

Imam Moutaz Charaf of the El-Zahara Islamic Center of Midland Park called on everyone to "live with each other in peace and harmony."

"Help us all stand together in solidarity against discrimination, racism, hatred and violence," he said.

The name of each victim was read aloud and a bell was sounded.

The vigil ended with the singing of "America The Beautiful."

"Here in Glen Rock we are really blessed with a group of religious communities that works sort of in advance of hard times and times of conflict to practice tolerance and to recognize and respect all of our traditions," said Fr. Mark Collins of All Saints. "We're used to getting together when bad things happen to call upon our many faiths to stand together against some of the bad things of the world."

"We're all humans," Murphy said. "We may be practicing different religious, but we're all grieving."

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