The weekend’s tragedy in Orlando is said to be the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Here in Cayman at a conference held to raise awareness about gay marriage, supporters remember those who lost their lives to the lone gunman Omar Mateen a man who opened fire killing 49 people at a night-club before he was shot dead by police.
Organiser for the “queering paradigm” seminar Dr. Leonardo Raznovich said whether or not the massacre should be labelled a hate crime or mass murder is irrelevant and said religion should never be used as a reason for murder.
“I don’t really think it matters if it was a hate crime or mass murder I think the underlying reason for this person to have caused this blood shed is religion. In 2016 there is no room for religion to be used as a tool to kill one person let alone more than 50.”
Also at the Conference was Cambridge Professor Dr. Bee Scherer who was a key speaker at the conference who said it is time to focus on the family members who lost their loved ones.
“We need to now think of the people who lost their lives and the friends and families that are bereaved and in our looking for answers and we should not give them easy answers,” Professor Scherer said.
Hours ago Cayman’s human rights commissioner released a statement describing the Florida massacre as a hate crime.