East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden offers message of unity, respect in wake of Orlando attack _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Andra Gallo -- American flags fly at half-staff in downtown Baton Rouge in remembrance of the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando.

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden joined the nation Monday in mourning and remembrance of the 50 people who were killed early Sunday morning during a mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida.

Holden said all Baton Rouge American flags in the city-parish have been lowered to half-staff for the week in remembrance of the attack.

“We come together to pray for the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history,” Holden said in a statement. “We pray that we learn how to respect one another. We pray that we build upon things that we have in common rather than those that separate us. We pray that we not only say that ‘We are one Nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all’ — We live it.”