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Bridgeport Vigil Delivers Message To Orlando: 'You Are Not Alone'

Members of the groups YANA (You Are Not Alone) and PPOW (Powerful Praying Outstanding Women) join forces in front of the Margaret Morton Government Center for a vigil to remember the victims of a mass shooting in Orlando.
Members of the groups YANA (You Are Not Alone) and PPOW (Powerful Praying Outstanding Women) join forces in front of the Margaret Morton Government Center for a vigil to remember the victims of a mass shooting in Orlando. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Members of the Bridgeport Police Department attend Wednesday's vigil.
Members of the Bridgeport Police Department attend Wednesday's vigil. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The crowd releases balloons to remember those lost in the Orlando mass shooting.
The crowd releases balloons to remember those lost in the Orlando mass shooting. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Tressa Peele speaks to the crowd at Wednesday's vigil in Bridgeport to honor the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.
Tressa Peele speaks to the crowd at Wednesday's vigil in Bridgeport to honor the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A small crowd showed up for a vigil Wednesday evening in front of the Margaret E. Morton Government Center.
A small crowd showed up for a vigil Wednesday evening in front of the Margaret E. Morton Government Center. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Members of the groups YANA (You Are Not Alone) and PPOW (Powerful Praying Outstanding Women) Wednesday in front of the Margaret Morton Government Center for a vigil to remember the victims of a mass shooting in Orlando.
Members of the groups YANA (You Are Not Alone) and PPOW (Powerful Praying Outstanding Women) Wednesday in front of the Margaret Morton Government Center for a vigil to remember the victims of a mass shooting in Orlando. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim joined members of the groups YANA (You Are Not Alone) and PPOW (Powerful Praying Outstanding Women) on Wednesday for a vigil to remember the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando and to speak out against gun violence and hate.

The vigil was held in front of the Margaret Morton Government Center.

Speakers included Ganim, evangelist Tressa Peele of PPOW, Nicole Matthews of YANA, YANA founder Dawn Spearman, Allison Sloan, and Pastor Stallworth of the East End Baptist Church of Bridgeport.

You Are Not Alone is a group of mothers who have lost children through violence.

"We need Orlando to know we are with them," Peele told Daily Voice. "We share in their pain, their loss. ... We're victims of violence in our own city, and we want them to know they're not alone."

A lone gunman killed 49 people and injured more than 50 in an attack on a gay nightclub over the weekend in Orlando, Fla., in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

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