Locals waiting for word from friends in Orlando

- They are haunting images of terror from more than 500 miles away, but they are still making an emotional impact in the Queen City.

“It’s terrorizing. Honestly holding an event like this is scary,” said Sebastian Abraham.

Dozens didn’t let fear stop them from attending a candlelight vigil to honor the Orlando victims on Sunday night.

Well wishes were signed on a poster board and those in the LGBT community came together as one. The gathering left Sebastian Abraham at a loss for words. He still hasn’t heard from a friend who may have been inside the nightclub.

“It’s kinda heart breaking I guess. I tell everyone the biggest fear in life and the biggest fear all of us have is not knowing or not understanding. So not knowing if my friend is ok or not it’s nerve wracking and it is honestly the biggest stress in the world because I don’t know if tomorrow I will be able to hit them up and say “hey, how are you? How is your day going?,” said Abraham.

Emergency officials started releasing the names of those who didn’t make it out alive on Sunday, but the list posted online was too heartbreaking for some to think about.

“I haven’t had a chance to look at that. I am kinda nervous to look honestly,” said one person at the vigil.

The emotional scars are only the beginning. Fear is now setting in that another act of terror could follow.

“In a place where the LGBT community can feel safe and can feel like this is a haven for us, is a place now where we are not even welcome,” said Abraham.

The fear of the unknown is only a temporary wound. The LGBT community plans to stay united.

“As scared as we might be, we’re not going no where,” said Abraham.

The harsh reality is there could easily be hundreds of people across the nation and here in the Queen City waiting for that all important text or phone call. One, that may never come for so many.

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