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Orlando police, stretched thin, make room for public vigil

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>> After the tragedy, a chance for the public to mourn together. I'm Jerry Ranchoff for Reuters. It's Monday night. I'm at the vigil, following the worst mass shooting in US history. It took awhile for this vigil, about 48 hours for this vigil to come together. Police resources were stretched, and the police asked the community to hold off at least 24 hours before putting this vigil together.
00:00:24
You can see they weren't wrong. If you go up to the crime scene, there is police activity on every block, blocking every street. Police cars are lining the whole neighborhood up there, so I think tonight you'll see that the community here will get a chance to mourn publicly.
00:00:41
Sunday night, I was at the Parliament House, which is a popular gay night club. Sunday night's their busy night, and the mood was solemn. I think people wanted to get together and talk about it. You know, hospitals have these rigorous rules about how they can share medical information.
00:00:58
I think there was some level of frustration about partners who weren't formally married, getting access to information, you see that, you talk to people, they just want information and you can understand that. And I think there was some concern about gay men not being able to give blood, there was a lot of concern about that role, there's a federal ban on that.
00:01:18
In talking to victim's families, there was a lot of things they want to convey, but I think most importantly was that they have the strength to move on and that their loved one didn't die in vain. I think you'll see here at this vigil that there will be a lot of talk about hope.
00:01:33
Everybody you talk to, they always wanna shift. It's always a very optimistic point of view.