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Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre: Vigil to take place at Belfast City Hall

Published 14/06/2016

People embrace as candles and floral tributes are laid at Saint Anne's Church in Soho, London, following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. Yui Mok/PA Wire
People embrace as candles and floral tributes are laid at Saint Anne's Church in Soho, London, following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Crowd members hold up candles during a vigil downtown for the victims of a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
London vigil
People gather outside the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho (AP)
Cat Brady and Robyn Moore sit on the steps of St Georges Hall, Liverpool, as they attend a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The Orlando Eye observation wheel lights up in rainbow colors Sunday night, June 12, 2016, to remember the people killed and injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. (Joshua Lim/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Pillars of St Georges Hall, Liverpool, have the colours of of a rainbow flag projected onto them following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
A crowd gathers for a vigil in honor of the Pulse night club shooting victims at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 13, 2016. (Charles King/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Jose Hernandez, center, joins hands with Victor Baez, right, as they mourn the loss of their friends Amanda Alvear and Mercedez Flores who were killed in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, as they visit a makeshift memorial, Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Celeste Gonzalez, 18, of Ocoee, Fla., brings a bouquet of flowers to a memorial at Dr. Phillips Center, Monday, June 13, 2016 , in Orlando, Fla, for the victims of a shooting at the Pulse nightclub. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Amsterdam's Royal Palace is lit in the colors of the rainbow flag, to commemorate the victims of a shooting in a gay nightclub in Florida, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
The American and gay pride flags fly at half-mast over the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida, Monday, June 13, 2016. The Center is a gay-rights support group in Orlando, located about 4 miles from the Pulse nightclub where the massacre occurred on Sunday. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Pillars of St Georges Hall, Liverpool, have the colours of of a rainbow flag projected onto them following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Pillars of St Georges Hall, Liverpool, have the colours of of a rainbow flag projected onto them following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
A flag amongst candles and floral tributes laid at Saint Anne's Church in Soho, London, following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. Yui Mok/PA Wire
People laying candles and floral tributes at Saint Anne's Church in Soho, London, following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. Yui Mok/PA Wire
People laying candles and floral tributes at Saint Anne's Church in Soho, London, following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. Yui Mok/PA Wire

A vigil is to be held in Belfast tonight to remember almost 50 people shot dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

A total of 49 people were killed and 53 were injured at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando by Omar Mateen, (29) early on Sunday morning.

It is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

More: Orlando Pulse massacre killer Muslim Mateen 'was a US-born extremist who had been investigated' - Northern Ireland joins in worldwide tributes to 49 victims

He was killed in a gun battle with a SWAT team after police used explosives and a small armoured vehicle to punch a hole in a wall and allow dozens of revellers to escape.

Orlando's Mayor Buddy Dyer said: "We will not be defined by the act of a cowardly hater."

More: How easy is it to buy an assault rifle in Florida?

FBI director James Comey said Mateen had "strong indications of radicalisation" and was probably inspired by foreign terrorist organisations.

A books of condolence was opened for the victims in Belfast City Hall on Monday morning.

On Monday night Belfast City Hall was lit up in rainbow colours and at midnight changed to the US flag.

Tonight the vigil will take place at 5.30pm.

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