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Ray Rivera, left, a DJ at Pulse Orlando nightclub, is consoled by a friend, outside of the Orlando Police Department after a shooting involving multiple fatalities at the nightclub, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

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After the shooting at an Orlando nightclub that took the lives of 50 and injured dozens others, people throughout Utah and the nation offered their condolences.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called for Utahns to "unite together with those from around the world in love and prayer for our brothers and sisters who are the victims of this terrible tragedy. While there remains many unanswered questions at this time, such violence must be condemned by all of us."

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski called the attack "an unspeakable act of violence-not only against one class of people, or one city, but against society as a whole.

"As a mayor charged with keeping a city safe, I can't help but feel we are failing to address a societal ill, one where a person can senselessly kill so many with nothing more than a motive and a gun — and that we fail to learn lessons from these repeated tragedies.'

She expressed gratitude to "the heroes of law enforcement" who responded. Biskupski, who is Salt Lake's first openly gay mayor, said "I can't help but view this tragedy as an attack on all people who identify as LGBTQ — a hate crime perpetrated to silence our community during the month of Pride, a time when we openly celebrate who we are and the joy of self acceptance.

"Today my prayers are with the victims of this attack, their loved ones, the City of Orlando, and the entire LGBTQ community. We must learn from this tragedy and resolve to take action to prevent this from happening again. Let us all respond today with peace and acts of kindness. We can make this world a better place to live and we will."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extended its condolences Sunday afternoon:

"With the rest of the nation, we mourn the tragic loss of life and serious injuries that occurred in Orlando this morning. We pray for the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless shooting and pray they will be comforted and cared for as they seek to heal. Our prayers and support are also with community leaders and law enforcement officials as they continue to investigate this shocking crime."

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's office responded to the tragedy via Twitter:

Mike Weinholtz, the Democratic nominee for Utah governor, urged Utahns to look for solutions in the wake of the attack.

"While the investigation is underway, it is more important to ask 'what can I do to help?' than to rush to conclusions. We should ask ourselves what can we do to help the survivors of this attack, what can we do in our own communities to calm fears, to foster understanding, and to build new relationships based on the American ideal of equality and liberty for all."

Others took to Twitter, expressing shock and sadness: