The shooter, Omar Mateen, reportedly vowed allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call prior to the shooting. Mateen's father has said that his son was motivated by homophobia after seeing two men kissing.
If you would like to honor the victims, Fusion has compiled a list of places where vigils will be held throughout the U.S.:
- Baitul-Aafiyat Mosque: 9501 Satellite Blvd, Suite 103, 32837-8445. Sunday 8 p.m. prayer service.
- Christ Church of Orlando: 2200 South Orange Ave. Open to first-responders and workers for rest and prayer. Sunday, 6 p.m.
- Ember, Orlando: 42 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, 32801. Restaurant/bar holding plans a candlelight vigil for 7 p.m. Sunday.
- The Experience Christian Center: Prayer vigil at 6:30 p.m. to be held at Jones High School. Gov. Rick Scott and other Central Florida officials have been invited.
- Parliament House, Sunday, 7 p.m.
- St. Cloud City Hall, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. vigil planned near the flagpole. Deputy Mayor Jeff Rinehart will lead in a moment of silence and prayers.
- Curtis Hixon Park: 7-10 p.m. Bring candles, flashlights and lighters. Meeting at the park, Sunday, 7 p.m. Group will march silently down River Walk.
- Metro Wellness & Community Center, Ybor, 1315 E 7th Ave, Tampa, Florida 33605. Sunday, 7:45 p.m.
- Boston Common, 6 p.m. Sunday
- City Hall Plaza, 6 p.m. Monday
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Correction: this post has been updated to reflect the FBI's revised death toll. The initial number of 50 included the shooter.
Alaa Basatneh is a human-rights activist and a writer at Fusion focusing on the Arab world. She is the protagonist of the 2013 documentary "#ChicagoGirl."