Tiffin and the Two Vigils

On Sunday, June 12th, 2016, a man entered Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and opened up fire with an AR 15.  This attack resulted in fifty-three injured and forty-nine deaths, making it the most tragic event since 9/11, the deadliest mass shooting in US history, killing more people than the Columbine and VA Tech massacres combined.

Last night, Tuesday the 14th, the city of Tiffin held a small service for the attack at the All Patriots Memorial.  Mayor Montz, in addition to two other prominent city leaders, gave speeches and laments for the attacks before opening up to the public for comments, where approximately five or six citizens of Tiffin stepped forward to show their grief and support.  Attendance is estimated at over one-hundred people.  Tiffin may be small and not the most accepting community, but their love and support was felt last night.

At 9:30, after the city’s vigil, I planned and held a vigil on Tiffin University’s campus with the help of Susan Ross-La Torre, director of student activities, and Jacob Simon, assistant director of residence life.  Gathered in TU’s courtyard, about thirty of us stood in the rain with candles.  Poems were read, prayers were prayed, and proclamations of grief were expressed.

author:  Scott Williams


One thought on “Tiffin and the Two Vigils

  1. paulette schroeder June 16, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Scott, Project Peace’s intern wrote this article and was so pleased with all the support the Tiffin Community showed him.. He works hard at Tiffin University to have the gay community understood. Sr. Paulette

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