Local LGBT community leader speaks about Orlando terror attack
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Members of the LGBT community and supporters joined in Sunday night at the Spectrum Center for a candle light vigil and had the opportunity to share how they felt.
It’s been more than 24 hours, but people are still feeling the effects from the Orlando terror attack.
Joshua Generation pastor, Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear said, "It didn't sink-in until I got to church Sunday morning and I looked around and I saw our congregation and thought that could've been anyone of us."
"This man should not have been able to walk into a place and buy an assault rifle or a gun of any kind because he was on the list of being watched as a possible terror threat. We need gun reform, said Dear."
"We can't allow fear to dictate what we do and how we live our lives. And we can't allow this to change the way we live. We can't live in fear, but we can become aware of our surroundings and just never take for granted that there's someone out there that may want to injure you because you're different. This shouldn't be happening in 2016, said Dear."
Joshua Generation will have a prayer Wednesday at 7 p.m. for those who are interested.