TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — People across the country are continuing to react to the shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado. A gunman killed five people and injured 19 others. Tuesday night a number of people gathered for a candlelight vigil in Terre Haute.

“This individual went to a queer safe space and looked to hurt, and or unalive someone,” Bre Pierce said.

Community members gathered at the Terre Haute Pride Center in remembrance of the lives lost at a LGTBQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs.

Board member of the Pride Center Bre Pierce said when dealing with an event like this it’s important to think of the community.

“Think for the queer community as a whole because we always have targets on our back,” Pierce said.

The Pride Center has been a part of the community for over a year by making a safe space for everyone involved. Community members spoke about how they felt about the situation and how they can move forward as a community.

“We all know what this feels like. Fellow queer people, fellow LGBTQ plus people, know this pain, know this fear. And it’s important that we respond to it collectively,” said William Edwards.

Board member William Edwards says the Colorado shooting reminds him of the 2016 Pulse shooting in Orlando, where 49 people were killed.

“It’s something that I carry around with me and it’s something that I don’t take lightly,” Edwards said.

Edwards says both incidents have caused him to look out for his friends by looking for exits and knowing his surroundings.

“It’s painful for me to tell people that, because I wish that we didn’t live in that world,” said Edwards.

Many of those in attendance are concerned about their safety and others after the Colorado shooting.

“More confusion. More hatred. It makes this world a lot darker,” Pierce said.

Organizers of the Pride Center offer resources to anyone who might have questions or concerns, you can reach out to them on their Facebook page at Pride Center of Terre Haute Inc.

“We are here for you. It’s why we’re here. It’s what we do and I want everyone listening to know that,” Edwards said.