In the wake of the June 11 shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub that left 49 dead and dozens injured, San Mateo County will hold a vigil to remember victims and show opposition to homophobia and gun violence.
The vigil will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the plaza at 400 County Center in Redwood City, and will include reading the victims' names, lighting candles, raising the LGBTQ flag, prayers and music.
It is expected to last about an hour, said Donna Vaillancourt, interim liaison to the county's LGBTQ Commission and coordinator of the event.
"I think it's important for us to honor the victims and show solidarity with the LGBTQ community," she said.
"This tragedy is a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done to create communities that are inclusive, equitable and safe," said Jei Africa, director of the county health system's Office of Diversity and Equity and a member of the county's LGBTQ Commission.
All are welcome to attend, and attendees can park in the county parking structure located at 455 County Center. Candles will be provided.