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A candlelight vigil was held to honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last weekend. More than 100 local residents gathered to pay tribute to the young men and women who were killed.

One of the victims was 23 year old Stanley Almodovar III, a 2011 graduate of East Ridge High School. Almodovar was credited with putting himself in harm's way to push others of of danger. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

A vigil is planned for Almodovar at East Ridge High School in August.

Supportive comments were made by Kelly Price from the city of Minneola and County Commissioner Sean Parks. Ritters provided free ice cream to all who attended and T-shirts were available to provide financial aide for the local victim's family.

Jennifer Archibault of the Shirt Shack provided the shirts for sale. "Local businesses donated to help provide the materials," she said. "One hundred percent of the money taken in will go to the fund."

Cheryl Collison who helped with the evening T-shirt sale, said they would also be available Saturday during the Hula-licious Food Truck Rally in Historic Downtown Clermont. The events starts at 4pm.

Pam Serviss of Graphics Direct also provided the signs depicting each of the victims.

In Clermont, the South Lake Chamber of Commerce put out a call to local restaurants to help provide food for family members coming to town for Almodovar's funeral, according to Chamber President David Colby.

Anyone wishing to help should contact Clermont Public Information Officer Doris Bloodsworth at 352-241-7345 or by email at dbloodsworth@clermontfl.org.


South Lake residents gathered at Minneola
Trailhead Park to honor Orlando shooting victims
Candlelight Vigil
Kaleigh LeBeau played guitar for the assembled crowd on hand to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando attack. Jennifer Archibault of Shirt Shack provided T-shirts to help raise money for the cause. Volunteers Cheryl Collison and David Yeager manned the sale table. City Councilwoman Kelly Price held up a sign honoring local resident Stanley Almodovar who was killed in the attack. (Photos by Mike Corradino)

Candlelight Vigil
Candlelight Vigil
Candlelight Vigil
Candlelight Vigil
Candlelight Vigil
Approximately 100 people turned out for the candlelight vigil in Minneola Thursday night to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting. Funeral services for 2011 East Ridge High graduate, Stanley Almodovar III, will be held Saturday, June 18. (Photo by Mike Corradino)

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