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North Carolina Residents React To Orlando Shooting

Just one day after the deadliest mass shooting in American history, many questions remain.

Thus far, investigators have confirmed that on Sunday morning, alleged shooter Omar Mateen attacked a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others. According to reports, Mateen pledged his allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call during the attack but no direct link has been confirmed between him and the terrorist group.

Ripples of this mass shooting have been felt throughout the nation, and individuals from both the Muslim-American and LGBTQ communities in North Carolina are responding to the varied implications of this attack.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with Tabor Winstead, a former employee of Pulse, the attacked Orlando club, and WUNC Reporter Jorge Valencia.

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Tabor Winstead, a former employee of Pulse, talks about his reaction to news of the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub where he once worked.

Judge also talks about the LGBTQ community response with Helena Cragg, the chair of the LGBTQ Center of Durham. She discusses terrorism and responses from the Muslim-American community with Omid Safi, the director of the Islamic Studies Center at Duke University, and Charles Kurzman, the co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

Judge ends the conversation discussing criminal justice and gun regulations with Geoff Bennett, senior Washington reporter for Time Warner Cable News and Chris Herring, professor of criminal justice at North Carolina Central University.

Several organizations are holding vigils this week:

  • Interfaith and community candlelight vigil, By Triangle Community of Raleigh, Community Peace Project and Islamic Association of Cary, Monday, 7:45 pm, 1076 W. Chatham St. Cary, NC 27511 (Contact Phone: 630-335-2846)
  • Candlelight / prayer vigil, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Monday, 7:00 pm, 1801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27605, Imam Abdullah Antepli from Duke University and Rabbi Larry Bach from Durham will speak.
  • Vigilia por las victimas del club Pulse/Vigil for the Victims of Pulse nightclub, by LGBTQ Center of Durham, Tuesday, 8:00 pm, the bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701.
Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC. His fascination for audio storytelling and radio journalism began as a broadcast major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career as a reporter for Carolina Connection, UNC’s student-led radio news show, where Charlie’s work won multiple Hearst Journalism Awards.
Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Phoebe Judge is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured on a numerous national radio programs. She regularly conducts interviews and anchors WUNC's broadcast of Here & Now. Previously, Phoebe served as producer, reporter and guest host for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. Earlier in her career, Phoebe reported from the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Phoebe's work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. Phoebe was born and raised in Chicago and is graduate of Bennington College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
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