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In pics: Empire State goes dark, One WTC lights up to honour Orlando victims

New York’s Empire State Building went dark while the spire of One World Trade Center lit up in the colours of the gay pride flag in memory of the victims of the Orlando massacre.

world Updated: Jun 13, 2016 10:26 IST

New York’s Empire State Building went dark while the spire of One World Trade Center lit up in the colours of the gay pride flag in memory of the victims of the Orlando massacre.

The symbolic move came as the United States mourned the 50 victims of the worst mass shooting in modern US history, gunned down at a gay club in the Florida city (Photo: Empire state building Twitter Handle )
One World Trade Centre lit up in the colours of the gay pride flag in memory of the victims of the Orlando massacre.

The symbolic move came as the United States mourned the 50 victims of the worst mass shooting in modern US history, gunned down at a gay club in the Florida city.

In the wake of the attack by a heavily armed assailant, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all flags would be flown at half-staff in the largest US city and that security measures have been strengthened, in particular around places associated with the LGBT community.

Orlando Eye lit up the wheel in rainbow colours
A rainbow flag is held up with the name of the gay nightclub where the worst mass shooting in US history occured in Orlando,Florida, during a vigil in front of the White House in Washington. (REUTERS)

De Blasio told reporters that the shooting that also left dozens injured was “against our values.”

He said there were no credible threats directed at New York City.

But “you’ll see a lot of additional police presence on the streets of the city,” he added, stressing: “No city in the world is better prepared to stop terror, to stop hate.”

Hundreds of people gathered yesterday evening in Greenwich Village to reflect on the violence and leave flowers, candles and letters beside a sign reading “Stop Hate.”

The Tony Awards, which honour the best of Broadway, opened in New York dedicated to victims of the shooting, the deadliest terror attack in America since September 11, 2001.