Bay Area communities mourn for Orlando victims

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Bay Area communities are standing in solidarity with Orlando as the country mourns the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

In San Francisco’s Castro district thousands of people crowded into Harvey Milk Plaza on Sunday night for a candlelight vigil.

Even before the vigil, a community memorial was started at 18th & Castro featuring chalk art, photos, signs, flowers, and even hand-written notes to specific victims.

People said it was the only place they wanted to be to remember the victims and continue the fight for LGBT rights.

“We as a community definitely are suffering. it could have been any of us.. and in any city, “ said George Diez.

“I'm not sad. I'm pissed off,” said Ray Middling “It doesn't do any good to be sad. sadness just brings more sadness.  I'm pissed off.  Pissed off brings action.”

In Oakland, people also gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday night on the steps of city hall.

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, herself a member of the LGBT community, called for Oakland to fight for common sense gun laws including universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons.

In San Jose, a crowd of people gathered at the Billy De Frank Community Center on Sunday to try and help each other cope with the tragedy.

Rainbow flags outside the center on The Alameda were flying at half-staff while city leaders spoke to the gathered crowd.

“How many massacres is it going to take?” exhorted Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager.  “It's just a matter of time until each segment in our society is going to be the victims of that kind of mass murder. And it saddens all of us, that they were our brothers and sisters who were the casualties.”