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Belfast City Hall opens book of condolence for Las Vegas victims

By Kate Buck

A book of condolence has been opened at Belfast City Hall in memory of those who lost their lives in the Las Vegas massacre on Monday.

It is open to the public to sign to pay tribute to the 59 people killed at a country music concert.

The US Consul General in Belfast, Daniel Lawton, said: "This for us is a tangible and concrete demonstration of solidarity and I think in such a tragic and horrific time these kinds of gestures make a big difference, particularly coming from a place like Northern Ireland where we enjoy such close and long-standing and broad ties."

Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister said: "I don't think there's anything that will heal the families who have lost their loved ones. The shooting in Las Vegas is a horrific loss of life, the deadliest in US history. I think is it important that we have that opportunity to show solidarity and that we are thinking about them and have the people of Las Vegas in our prayers.

"I hope we can have a reflection on the United States, and gun crime is a matter for state and federal government, but it is sad that it has come to an instance like this. But we hope that it doesn't happen again."

One woman who signed the book of condolence, and who did not wish to be named, said: "I'm not sure if words can help heal anyone if it's your family or your child.

"The best that we can do is show them that we are standing behind them and beside them and if that matters to them then I am glad."

The book will remain open in Belfast City Hall this week for people who wish to pay their respects.

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