On Nov. 20, the Eugene community gathered for a candlelight vigil following the night prior where a white 21-year-old shot and killed five and wounded over two dozen at Club Q, a queer nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Spectrum—Eugene’s queer bar—is normally closed after 4 p.m. on Sundays but remained open to host the candlelight vigil, organized by 77-year-old Larry Valerone, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Valerone said that he hadn’t done anything after the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida and that he felt he had to do something now. He invited some of his friends, too.
By 5:30 p.m., there were nearly 30 people of all ages gathered in front of the queer space holding candles and signs in solidarity with those in Colorado Springs.
The vigil lasted for about an hour and ended around 6:30 p.m. Valerone was still outside pacing back and forth with his sign.