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Fifty names were read, quietly, deliberately, and respectfully. Each name was followed by a soft chime. Forty-nine victims, named and recognized as individuals. The name of the murderer made fifty, as our faith calls us to love our enemies as well. Love does win and we must continue to live the way we pray. Remarks were made, prayers were offered, songs were sung and candles were lit as the town of Milton came together in a Vigil of Grief and Response to the Orlando Massacre on the Town Green June 15. Jointly organized by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association and the Board of Selectmen, it was a gathering no one could have wished there would ever be a need for, and from which no one wanted to leave. In the darkening evening soft conversations continued in small groups long after the closing prayer was offered and the last candle was extinguished.

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