GREENSBORO-- Sharing words of comfort, hundreds of people came together Monday night to grieve the lives lost during the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Nearly 400 people attended the candlelight vigil inside of Greensboro’s Q-Bar.
The owner of the bar, Drew Wofford, says it’s like home to many in the LGBT community - much like Pulse Nightclub.
“Gay bars are our sense of safety,” said Wofford. “They’re our safety net. They’re our home.”
Wofford says what happened in Orlando could have happened anywhere.
“You could have been one of those 50 people,” he said. “They were in a nightclub, partying celebrating and their lives were cut short.”
It’s a thought that has Wofford reaching out to Greensboro Police.
The owner will be stepping up security and putting together an emergency plan with police later this week.
“It’s terrifying to me to even think that I even have to have a conversation with the police department on what to do if an active shooter was in one of my bars,” Wofford said.
Even so, Wofford and others say they refuse to live in fear.
“At the end of the day, you can get so much further with love and accepting your neighbor than with hate,” he said.
On Monday, the bar raised more than $2,000 for the victims of the mass shooting.