Lansing held vigils for Orlando massacre victims

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 09:56:57-04

The city of Lansing saw strong community support for Orlando yesterday.

"Lansing has always stepped up, has never let me down. Just leads the way when it comes to wrapping its arms around everybody and expressing love," says Lansing mayor Virg Bernero, who spoke at the candlelight vigil on the state capital lawn.

That vigil saw a performance from the cast of "Rent" which lead to some emotional responses from people in the crowd.

"For me, as soon as the cast was done singing the song I went over to one of my close friends who was in the cast and just hugged him and fell into tears," says Jonathan Hamilton, a vigil attendee.

Lansing continued to show its support by sending 50 lanterns into the sky from the Spiral nightclub. More than 100 people came out to see the lanterns sent off.

The theme of the day was "Lansing loves Orlando" and mayor Bernero believes that mid-Michigan would do anything to help the Florida city.

"I know we would do anything, if there was something they needed, I know we could stuff a bus with whatever they needed overnight," says mayor Bernero. "If we could stuff a bus with love and send it down there, we would."

But for now, it's a time of reflection for the city of Lansing.

"It really hit deep," says Hamilton, "I burst into tears a couple of times. It was really touching."