It didn't take long for word to spread of the tragedy more than 500 miles away in Orlando.
People living in Charlotte told FOX 46 Charlotte they immediately felt the impact. Carols Capps had just returned from Orlando last week, visiting Pulse Nightclub during his stay.
"It was scary because I know the layout of the club and when how you get on the dance floor it's just a corner you can't really go anywhere after that so it's scary to think that someone would walk into the club and start shooting and people don't have an outlet to get out of that place...and it's just sad," Capp said.
More than 24 hours after the tragedy, emotions are still running high.
"It just shows that the hate in this country and everything that we are trying to not have and push back from."
That's why Monday night was all about coming together as one.
"I have to do something to remember the victims and the people affected by the Orlando massacre."
"It's important that we send out prayers and show solidarity for the community in Orlando.
Monday night's vigil, organized within a matter of hours following the mass shooting. The ngativity and hate displayed early Sunday morning in Florida, taking a turn to brighter times ahead.
"There is also a lot of love and that's what wins today."
There are a number of vigils planned across the area over the next week.
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