Crime & Justice

Photos: Los Angeles remembers victims of the Orlando massacre

Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Lady Gaga reads the names of those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando during a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Dickie Hearts of West Adams applauds during a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Kassandra Shore, left, and Candice Darden of Studio City attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
Thousands attend a vigil on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Los Angeles City Hall memorializing those who died in Saturday's attack in Orlando.
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Just one day after Angelenos gathered to celebrate Pride Weekend in West Hollywood, a crowd gathered at City Hall to honor those killed in Sunday's attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando. The shooting — the deadliest in modern American history — left 49 people dead. 

Lady Gaga addressed a crowd of thousands Monday night at Los Angeles City Hall. The singer began a joint reading of the victims' names.

She called the attack horrible and painful assault on more than one community. "Like all prejudicial crimes," she said, "This is an attack on humanity itself."

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Church bells tolled as the crowd observed a moment of silence in honor of those who were killed. 

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L.A.'s was one of many vigils, rallies and marches held around the country and across the world Monday.

In Orlando, where the shooting took place, thousands of people gathered to support victims and survivors.

Many in the crowd in the city's downtown said they were inspired to attend because the Pulse nightclub, where the massacre occurred, played a huge role in their lives as gays and lesbians.

"Pulse gave me confidence, made me realize I was normal and so much like everyone else," said Cathleen Daus, a former employee at the club.

Mourners hold candles while observing a moment of silence during a vigil outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for the mass shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
Mourners hold candles while observing a moment of silence during a vigil outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for the mass shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
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The vigil was held on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center, the area's main performing arts venue. It's also the location of a makeshift memorial, where people have been leaving flowers, candles and notes for the victims.

In New York, thousands crowded the streets around the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan where large-scale gay rights activism got its start in 1969.

Women embrace before  a make-shift memorial in front of the Stonewall Inn where a vigil was held following the massacre that occurred at a gay Orlando nightclub on June 12, 2016 in New York City. A gunman who allegedly pledged allegiance with ISIS opened fired in the gay nightclub in Florida killing over 50 people.
Women embrace before a make-shift memorial in front of the Stonewall Inn where a vigil was held following the massacre that occurred at a gay Orlando nightclub on June 12, 2016 in New York City. A gunman who allegedly pledged allegiance with ISIS opened fired in the gay nightclub in Florida killing over 50 people.
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Under banners heralding the upcoming Pride Week event, people held hands and hugged. Some waved rainbow flags and others carried signs showing support for Orlando as they listened to a slew of elected officials, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Spectators watched from fire escapes and windows of nearby apartment buildings as chants of "love beats hate" rang from the crowd.

Thomas Dougherty, 23, of Manhattan, said he came to the rally to feel united and connected.

"Seeing everyone here makes me feel at home, makes me feel safe," he said.