'#OrlandoStrong': Rainbow Arcs Over Orlando, Lighting Up Social Media | NBC Chicago
Orlando Nightclub Massacre

Orlando Nightclub Massacre

Coverage of the Orlando nightclub massacre, June 12, 2016

'#OrlandoStrong': Rainbow Arcs Over Orlando, Lighting Up Social Media

The city also held a prayer service Tuesday night

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    People in Orlando, Florida, reported seeing a rainbow in the sky June 14, 2016, two days after the massacre at a popular gay nightclub in the city. Many said it appeared the rainbow was hanging over the club, called Pulse.

    A rainbow appeared over the city of Orlando Tuesday night, according to social media posts, a sight many of them took as a symbol of hope two days after one of the country's worst tragedies.

    The images showed a rainbow shining in golden light in front of dark clouds. Some said it seemed to come directly from Pulse nightclub, where a heavily armed gunman killed at least 49 people Sunday, the deadliest mass shooing in U.S. history.

    Twitter user @AlexaScore used the hashtag #OrlandoStrong when she posted a photo of the rainbow. She said she was going to her gym near Pulse "and this rainbow is hanging over the nightclub."

    Rainbows have been used the world over — hanging over the historic Stonewall Inn in New York and draping the Eiffel Tower in — as a symbol of solidarity with the attack on the popular gay nightclub. 

    Still reeling from the shooting, the city held a prayer service Tuesday night as well. 

    Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he was uplifted by the way the community has come together as more than a thousand people — including many clergy and local, state and national civic leaders — met Tuesday night at First Baptist Orlando to hold a vigil for the shooting's victims.

    Dyer said to the crowd: "We will not be defined by the act of a hate-filled killer. We will be defined by our love, compassion and our unity."

    NBC Southern California's Irene Moore contributed to this report.