Local Reactions from CO Nightclub Shooting

Police are looking for a motive following a mass shooting at a Colorado nightclub. Our Wyoming Link learns what Wyoming residents have to say about another tragic shooting so close to home.

People of Cheyenne were saddened by the news of the nightclub shooting over the weekend, and they hope that more education and resources could help prevent these types of tragedies.

“Very saddening to hear that the LGTBTIQ+ community has been targeted”.

George Jankowski is the staff advisor for the organization student alliance for equality on campus, an LGBTQ+ organization at Laramie County Community College.

“Seems targeted, and we’re tired of all the hatred and we’re hoping there can be some more stringent consequences given to these people that target and hurt our our friends and family.

Jessica Shutty is the Vice President of S.A.F.E.

“I do think that with education and awareness of our LGBTQ community here in Wyoming that people learn to accept that we are here and we’re just human, just like everybody else”.

The director of Wyoming Equality here in Cheyenne Sarah Burlingame stresses we all have a role in stopping the violence targeted at the LGBTQ+ community.

“As this weekend shows us they are almost always victims of violence. And as Wyomingites I think we all have a responsibility to stand up for people who are being bullied. And we certainly have a responsibility to not become bullies ourselves.”

Both Wyoming Equality and the Student Alliance for Equality at Laramie County Community College want members of the LGBTQ+ community to know that both organizations are available to help them find a community where they can feel safe.

William Langston, Your Wyoming Link, Cheyenne.