Flags lowered in Ohio and Pa. to honor Florida shooting victims

A group that advocates on behalf of the LGBTQ community in Ohio is asking that people wear white ribbons

Caleb McGrew, right, wipes tears as he stands with his partner Yosniel Delgado Giniebra, center, during a vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. A gunman opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings and grounds throughout the state to honor the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida.

Kasich sent out a tweet Sunday saying, “Terror & violence have no place in our world. We must fight it together.”

A group that educates and advocates on behalf of the LGBTQ community in Ohio is asking that people wear white ribbons in solidarity with those affected by the shooting.

Equality Ohio says that the largest deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history happened at a gay bar “is a sign that we have a long, long way to go.”

Cleveland.com reports police in the city plan to add extra patrols around gay bars.\

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has also ordered U.S. and Pennsylvania state flags at the Capitol complex, commonwealth facilities and public buildings in the state lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida.

The governor said he and first lady Frances Wolf were sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families and the Orlando community.

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