-- Gay Pride marches took place across the country today, but the celebratory tone of the events was inter-spliced with poignant moments of mourning over the 49 men and women who died during the shooting massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month.
In the New York event, 49 men and women dressed in all white, marched with signs around their necks bearing the names and faces of the victims of the attack, asking for silence. A bystander at the event told ABC News that "you could hear a pin drop" as the group marched.
In Chicago, a group marched with an arrangement of rainbow colored balloons shaped into the phrase "1 Pulse", according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.
At San Francisco's parade, a "We're Orlando" group of about 300 people participated in the parade, honoring with a moment of silence when the march reached the grandstand. A memorial with their photos will be set up inside City Hall, according to The Associated Press.
"Our hearts are with Orlando. We think of them every day," San Francisco resident Cory Vaughn told ABC station KGO-TV, regarding Sunday's march in his home city.
Throughout the country, security was increased in the wake of the shooting.
On Friday, President Obama designated a new national monument at the site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, where gay men and women demonstrated against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969.
Local and national politicians took part in Pride events, including presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who marched with a security detail at the New York event, taking breaks to shake hands with onlookers.
The attacker allegedly said "Happy Pride" before punching and choking Volz.
The FBI has joined in the investigation, which police are classifying as a hate crime, according to KOMO-TV.