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Across The Country, Vigils Honor Victims Of Orlando Attack

People gather Monday in Philadelphia for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting. (Matt Rourke/AP)
People gather Monday in Philadelphia for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Vigils, marches and rallies were held across the country and the world on Monday evening to remember the victims of the deadly attack in Orlando, Fla.

Events were held in New York, Vermont, Florida, California, Alaska, Rhode Island, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and in Washington, D.C. Another vigil is scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta, Ga.

In New York, thousands gathered outside the Stonewall Inn, the site of a 1969 police raid that launched the modern gay rights movement.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined the vigil and delivered a full-throated demand for what he called "sensible gun control."

"How many people have to die before this federal government comes to its senses? We had Columbine, we had Virginia Tech, we had Sandy Hook, we had San Bernardino, we had Aurora, Colorado. When does it stop?" he asked the cheering crowd.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack in Orlando not just an attack on 49 Americans. "It was an attack on American values," he said.

"We do not accept anyone who would sow division and hatred. We do not accept the notion of any of our leaders sowing hatred and division, particularly in the wake of tragedy, and that means you, Donald Trump."

Also on Monday night, the Eiffel Tower was lit up in the colors of the rainbow, to honor the LGBT community. In London's Soho neighborhood, a gay nightlife hub, people observed two minutes of silence and released 49 balloons into the air, one for each victim.

And in Orlando, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, bells tolled 49 times to honor the victims.

Facebook user Dave Sirak captured 360 video of the vigil as the Orlando Gay Chorus performed.

Photos: Across The Country, Vigils Honor Victims Of Orlando Attack

Nicole Edwards and her wife, Kellie Edwards, observe a moment of silence Monday during a vigil in Orlando, Fla., for victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse Orlando nightclub on Sunday. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners hold candles during a moment of silence at a vigil in Orlando, where bells tolled 49 times to honor the victims.

(Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images)
People pay tribute at a gathering in Los Angeles. (David McNew/Getty Images)
In New York, scores of people gathered outside the Stonewall Inn, the site of a 1969 police raid that launched the modern gay rights movement. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the attack in Orlando was not just an attack on 49 Americans. "It was an attack on American values," he said. (Kathy Willens/AP)
People hold candles and lights during a vigil outside the Stonewall Inn. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined the vigil and delivered a full-throated demand for what he called "sensible gun control." (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners gather at City Hall in Philadelphia. Vigils were held in New York, Vermont, Florida, California, Alaska, Rhode Island, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and in Washington, D.C. (Matt Rourke/AP)
People flocked to a makeshift memorial in Orlando ahead of Monday night's vigil, which included a performance from the Orlando Gay Chorus. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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