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Late Monday evening, hundreds of members from the Lake Worth community gathered to mourn the lives that were lost this past weekend in Orlando.

Although sorrow and fear remains in the hearts of many, it did not stop the resounding support from a number of presenters including Dr. Reverend Lea Brown of the MCC Church of the Palm Beaches, Vice Mayor of Lake Worth Andy Amoroso, and Reverend Dr. Sheila Guillaume from the Union of Congressional United Church of Christ.

Photo by Char Pratt

Mayor Pam Triolo of Lake Worth was almost in tears as she greeted the packed crowd.

“Tonight I want to talk to you about courage, and the true spirit of the American people,” Mayor Triolo declared. Her words added comfort to the supporters and she provided a sense of hope. “My parents gave me the best advice as a child, it doesn’t matter what happens to you, it’s how you respond to it, God Bless America.”

One of the highlights came from Tony Plakas, Chief Executive Officer for Compass Community Center.

"I don't want to be OK with what happened in Orlando," declared Plakas as the crowd cheered on. “I’ve had to be politically correct on every damn show that I had to go on today. I don't want to do that right now."