NJ LGBTQ community honors Colorado Club Q shooting victims

ASBURY PARK – For the first time since the QSpot was established in 2005, co-founder MaryAnn Vitiello said she felt a sense of fear this week coming to the LGBTQ community center on Asbury Avenue.

“I came here yesterday for my weekly meeting and I felt uncomfortable, I felt afraid,” Vitiello told a crowd who had gathered at the center Monday night for a candlelight vigil to honor the five people who were killed and more than a dozen were injured when a gunman opened fire at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colo. this past weekend.

Not lost on Vitiello was the similar use of the letter Q (which stands for queer or questioning) in the names of both establishments, thousands of miles apart.

“I thought of that Q,” Vitiello said, gesturing to the center’s sign outside.

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