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Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 15:01

Orlando shooting 'homegrown extremism'

By Agencies

Orlando shooting 'homegrown extremism'
A man holds a flag during a vigil in solidarity for the victims killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in New York on June 13, 2016. (AFP)

As authorities are working to piece together details surrounding the motives of the killer, people in Orlando mourned the dead and tried to stay strong in front of the tragedy.

Flags in front of all venues were flying half-staff, and every electronic billboard on the expressway was showing the same message: Pray for Orlando.

At the OneBlood blood bank, dozens of people lined up to donate plasma. Some of them came as early as 9 am (13:00 GMT) on Sunday.

According to a blood bank worker, the blood bank was overwhelmed by more than 2,000 people who had registered to donate on Sunday. The bank had to ask donors to come back later over the next few days.

After nightfall, survivors, friends of the victims and members of the city's LGBT community gathered by the city's iconic Lake Eola to hold a vigil on Sunday for the deceased and injured.

"This is probably the most difficult day in the history of Orlando," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in a news conference on Sunday.

"We need to support each other. We need to love each other, and we will not be defined by a hateful shooter. We will be defined by how we support each other," Dyer added.

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