South Florida community reacts to Orlando massacre

MIAMI (WSVN) - A mass shooting at an Orlando gay club that left 50 dead and 50 injured has drawn out saddened and heart-felt responses from members of the South Florida community.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez released a statement saying, “The thoughts and prayers of Miami-Dade County residents are with the victims and families in Orlando during this very difficult time. It is important that Miami-Dade residents and visitors contact the Miami-Dade Police Department if they have information regarding potential criminal activity in our county. If you see something, say something and contact law enforcement. We must all work together to ensure that our community remains safe.”

Other public figures also tweeted out their sorrow.  Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted out an image of a rose and said the Miami-Dade County Public School System is ready to deploy  a Crisis Intervention Team to assist in the aftermath.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio also tweeted out his thoughts.

The Miami Beach Police Department released a statement which read, “The Miami Beach Police Department is deeply saddened by the tragedy this morning in Orlando. Out of an abundance of caution, we will be increasing our patrols in and around locations frequented by our LGBT community. Our prayers and condolences go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Miami-Dade Police took to social media to voice their support for the victims in Orlando.

City of Miami Police tweeted their prayers for Orlando, along with their intentions of being more vigilant when it comes to protecting locations frequented by the LGBT community.

Law enforcement officials aren’t the only ones who voiced their support. Local sports teams also took to social media to give their reactions.

The City of Miami Beach is holding a candlelight vigil to honor the victims at SoundScape Park, located at 500 17th Street in Miami Beach, Sunday night. They are also holding a blood drive in front of the venue.

The shooting, which left 50 dead and 53 injured,  has also been named the worst shooting in the history of the United States.

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