Penshaw Monument lit up in honour of Orlando shooting victims

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Photo: Scott McGerty

Sunderland’s most iconic monument was lit up in rainbow colours to honour the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

49 people lost their lives after a gunman open fired in Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of Sunday June 12.

29 year old Omar Mateen opened fired in the club before taking hostages. He pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS) while on the phone to the police. The police swat team then shot and killed Mateen.

The Monument’s pillars were lit up in each of the rainbow’s colours to “show solidarity” for those who lost their lives.

Similar tributes have already been displayed in Gateshead, where the Millennium Bridge has been lit up, London and Liverpool.

Tributes were also paid at a vigil held on Tuesday June 15 in Newcastle’s Times Square – where hundreds turned up to pay their respects.

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