Parachute Jump to light in memory of Orlando shooting victims

In the wake of the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11, Coney Island will come together tonight as the Luna Park Parachute Jump lights in memory of those who lost their lives over the weekend in the deadly Orlando shooting.

The shooting – which has been deemed the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States – occurred at a gay nightclub early Sunday, June 12, killing 49 people and injuring 53.

“I want to thank Luna Park for working with my office to light up the Parachute Jump tonight in memory of the lives that were tragically lost and impacted by the heinous terror attack in Orlando,” Councilmember Mark Treyger told this paper, “and also in memory of all the lives that are impacted locally, nationally and around the world by terror, hate, intolerance and just pure senseless violence.”

The iconic structure will memorialize the victims at 9 p.m. Monday evening.

“We, right now, need to come together as a community, as a city, and as a country – all peace-loving people – and really rally together, and strongly denounce hate; strongly denounce these barbaric acts of terror,” Treyger went on, stressing that he believes “love will always win.”

“We must fight back against intolerance, so tonight is just a small token of showing that we stand by our fellow members of humanity during this tragic time, and that we know we will get through this together,” Treyger added.

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