ECU LGBTQ Center holds vigil for Colorado shooting victims

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A vigil will be held tonight on the campus of East Carolina University to remember the victims in Saturday’s deadly shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado.

Five people were killed and 25 others injured at Club Q in Colorado Springs by a gunman using an AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon.

The Dr. Jesse Peel LGBTQ Center at ECU held the candlelight vigil at the Cupola at 5:30 p.m.

The vigil was open to the public and candles were provided.

Rose Bogue, ECU LGBTQ Center interim coordinator and recent ECU graduate, said to solve issues of hate and violence against the LGBTQ community, it takes everybody.

“I don’t think it’s the LGBTQ community’s responsibility to solve these issues. I think all we can do is acknowledge them when they happen and fight for our rights and our understanding in the world,” Bogue said.

Director Mark Rasdorf said centers like theirs are meant to create a safe space.

“We do educational programing. We try to create opportunities for dialogue. If we can fight [the] mischaracterization of our community and misrepresentation of our community through education…” Rasdorf said. “In To kill a Mockingbird they talk about if you can walk a mile in somewhat else’s shoes you can understand them and I think education is the key to it.”