Free concert in Lexington to remember Orlando shooting victims

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Gay Rights

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – United In Spirit is holding a free concert in solidarity with Orlando, Florida, to remember the shooting victims at a nightclub on June 12, and build a bridge in the Lexington community.

The event will be held Wednesday, July 13, at Historic Saint Paul Catholic Church at 425 West Short Street in Lexington beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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Organizers say the concert will feature Lexington musicians and soloists who are coming together to share their talents and help build a civilization of love.

The lineup includes Dr. Tedrin Lindsay, Prof. Bradley Kerns, David Cooper, Svitlana Merlichenko, Svetlana Alkhasova, and others. Lorne Dechtenberg Ph.D. from Temple Adeth Israel will render the chant for the fallen, El Malay Rachamim.

A reception will be held after the concert in Brossart House, next to the church, courtesy of Lexington Diner.



Organizers say the event is being held in cooperation with Josh Mers and Lexington Fairness, Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers, Rich Greissman, Double Take Photography, Sarah Brown Designs, P G Howard Designs, Patrick Morgan, Mickey Hobbs and Jerry Meyer.

The event is in response to a mass shooting on June 12 in Florida. Police say 29-year old Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. It is, to date, the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Pulse was hosting a Latin Night and most of the victims were Hispanic. The massacre was widely called an act of terrorism and a hate crime.

The gunman was eventually killed by police after a three-hour standoff.