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Top Stories: Fort Worth Vigil Honors Orlando Victims; Another DMA Executive Out

Jun 14, 2016

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A vigil was held last night at Fort Worth’s Celebration Community church for the victims of Sunday’s shooting in Orlando.

Pastor Lee Ann Bryce of First Congregational Church in Fort Worth told the crowd that gay bars like Pulse in Orlando have been safe spaces for the LGBT community– places where people could come together to escape homophobia they experienced elsewhere.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, and other civic and faith leaders spoke to the crowd. Fitzgerald urged the LGBT community to come forward to police if they ever feel threatened.

“The whole idea behind terrorist activities is to stop and interrupt your way of life,” he said. “We will do our very best to make sure that we can make sure everyone can exercise their freedoms. If it keeps me up at night, so be it. But it should not keep you up at night.”

Fort Worth police continue to investigate a threat made to members of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County. The department’s also monitoring for potential copycat attacks or threats to places like night clubs.

Other stories this morning:

  • BJ Austin explains why it’s so hard to find Fort Worth’s city hall.
  • McKinney Boyd Valedictorian Larissa Martinez talks about why she revealed her undocumented status in her viral graduation speech last week.
  • Olivier Meslay, who served as associate director of curatorial affairs and senior curator of European and American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, is leaving next month after seven years. The departure leaves the DMA with two vacancies in its executive staff. Director Maxwell Anderson resigned in September.

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