New England Mourns Victims of Deadly Orlando Shooting

Political leaders and others across New England are mourning the victims of the tragic night club shooting that left at least 50 people dead in Orlando, Florida.

"Our hearts break for the innocent victims and their loved ones impacted by last night's horrendous act of terror," said Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts also spoke out after the terror attack.

"Homophobia ... continues to be a serious problem," said Frank, himself a gay man. "We've made great strides within the United States in diminishing it and defeating its impact — sadly, there are parts in the world where it is virulent and, in some cases, resurgent."

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted out his reaction, and announced a 6 p.m. vigil on Monday at Boston City Hall.

"Remembering the joy of Pride yesterday," he said. "My thoughts are w/ #Orlando. Join me in prayers for the victims & families. We are heartbroken."

Attorney General Maura Healey took to Facebook to share her thoughts.

"My heart is broken for all of the victims, their loved ones and the community of Orlando," she said. "There will be more to learn in the days and weeks ahead as we seek answers to our questions. Today we focus on those we've lost and those who've been injured. The LGBT community is strong. Americans are strong. Today, we focus on the victims and their families. Tomorrow, we get back to work to honor their memory, the memory of the 100,000 people killed in gun violence since we said 'never again' after Sandy Hook and all those who have lost their lives in such senseless tragedies. Let us stand in solidarity, united in strength, compassion and love." 

Also in the Bay State, Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker shared a rainbow flag and a poem via Instagram.

"Always speak up when you see or hear hate or intolerance," Apotheker pleaded.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered flags in the state to be lowered to half-staff.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan did the same, and issued the following statement:

"I join all Granite Staters and all Americans in mourning the victims of the horrific shooting in Orlando and expressing our profound gratitude to the brave first responders who helped prevent further loss of life," she said. "Though we cannot ease the pain of their loss, we stand with the families and loved ones of those who were taken from this earth far too soon by this heinous and cowardly attack.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, who also ordered flags to be lowered, said she is "praying for the victims in Orlando and their loved ones."

Many necn viewers also offered their thoughts and condolences on Facebook:

"What are people thinking.??" asked Judi Shoesmith Nunes. "What a shame. .. my thoughts and prayers to all the families."

"It is a sad day when innocent people lose their lives," added Robin Tuzo.

"This is just not good," said Kathleen Fitzgerald. "My thoughts and prayers to all the victims and their families."

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