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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:
Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy in Orlando, and to their friends and families. #utpol— Senator Hatch Office (@SenOrrinHatch) June 12, 2016
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:
Sobbing.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
A man here at LGBT Center is crouched against the wall, red-eyed, knees to chest. He's waiting on news, holding his phone. "My boyfriend."— Claire McNeill (@clairemcneill) June 12, 2016
Very difficult to work this morning. My heart, my soul and my anger are in #Orlando.— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) June 12, 2016
Deeply saddened to learn of the horrific attack in Orlando. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 12, 2016
My heart aches with the horrific, senseless killings in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers for the families and friends who lost loved ones.— Jorge Valencia (@jvalencia) June 12, 2016
Just catching up to the tragedy this morning. Devastating. Please love. Just love. Always love.— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) June 12, 2016
These mass shootings remind me of the end of the Jaredites. People sleeping next to their swords. Desperation and loss. God save us.— By Common Consent (@ByCommonConsent) June 12, 2016
heart breaking for our LGBTQ family in Orlando. https://t.co/FZG2uk8EM5— Troy Williams (@TroyWilliamsUT) June 12, 2016
Woke up in Utah to find out the news about Orlando. As I stand stunned watching the tv, a man with a NRA hat walks by as equally stunned ...— Max Joseph (@maxcjoseph) June 12, 2016
Just saw the Orlando news. How horrible and heartbreaking.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 12, 2016
WATCH: "We haven't been able to call him or text him." Mother of missing son in Orlando speaks out. https://t.co/R9uZcrUl5f— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 12, 2016
Father of suspect in Orlando massacre tells NBC News his son was enraged after seeing two men kissing recently https://t.co/RrFwArkZqt— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 12, 2016
How much does it matter whether the shooter was motivated by Islamic hate, race hate, anti-gay hate, or personal hate? #pulltogether— Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM) June 12, 2016
Every day. Too many people dead because of guns and hate.— Mike Monteiro (@monteiro) June 12, 2016
Horrified watching the news. Where has the love in our world gone. Honestly I don't know what to say. So sad. So wrong #PrayingForOrlando— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) June 12, 2016
We pray for those brutally attacked in Orlando. While we must learn more about the attacker, the victims & families will not be forgotten.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 12, 2016
For those who might wonder, one gay former Salt Lakers now living in Orlando have noted themselves as safe using... https://t.co/9yNPVKiOW5— Michael Aaron (@MAaronSLC) June 12, 2016
Shooter's father tells NBC: "I apologize for what my son did. I don't know why he did it. He is dead, so I can't ask him. I wish I knew."— Natalie DiBlasio (@ndiblasio) June 12, 2016
Just be clear: I am pro "thoughts and prayers." What I want is for those that can do more than that, to do more.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) June 12, 2016
Line at the #Orlando blood donation center is out the door and nearly into the street. We have good people here.— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) June 12, 2016
We pray for the victims of gunviolence. Then we do everythingin our power to end gun violence.That is how prayer works.— Nathan Hamm (@NathanHamm) June 2, 2016
BREAKING: Obama calls nightclub shooting an 'act of terror' and 'act of hate'— The Associated Press (@AP) June 12, 2016
BREAKING: Obama says US won't give to fear, will stand united to protect Americans against those who threaten the country.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 12, 2016
Orlando. My heart for you.— John Kinnear (@askdadblog) June 12, 2016