Rainbow Makes Poignant Appearance Over Orlando Vigil

"You know that's a sign."

Out of tragedy comes hope.

A beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky on Sunday as an estimated 50,000 people gathered in downtown Orlando to mourn the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The crowds, which had come together to pay tribute to the 49 people killed by Omar Mateen a week ago, were captivated as the multi-colored arc shone over Lake Eola Park shortly before the start of the memorial service.

"You know that's a sign," Traci Hines-McKenzie told CBS News.

It was "so perfect" and "just for us," added Brandon Register-Watford, who posted a video of the rainbow to Instagram.

An actual rainbow. Wow

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The band of color followed Tuesday's appearance of another rainbow over the nightclub, which was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

As the sun set on Sunday, mourners held up candles to create what looked like a ring of fire around the lake. The names of all the victims were read aloud.

"Hate will not define us," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who was joined on stage by other city leaders. "Hate will not defeat us because we are one Orlando."

"Last Sunday was the worst day in the history of our community," Dyer added. "But we will not and have not been defined by a hate-filled act of a deranged killer."

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