#PrayforOrlando lifts thoughts, prayers for shooting victims

(RNS) Minutes after a gunman opened fire on an gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. early Sunday (June 12) morning in what is the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history, social media was swamped with prayers for the victims:

Police identified the gunman, slain at the site, as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, an American citizen living in Port St. Lucie, Fla. That prompted a round of posts commenting on the shooter's religion and nationality.

Islamic groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Florida chapter, were quick to condemn the incident, which occurred during the holy month of Ramadan:

Rep. Keith Ellison (D - Minn.), one of only two Muslims who serve in Congress, also expressed sadness:

But while many asked for prayers, others used the #PrayforOrlando hashtag to express frustration, resistance and, in some cases, calls to action.

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