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Police to increase presence at St. Louis PrideFest

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police plan to increase their presence at PrideFest events this month in the aftermath of the fatal shootings in Orlando, Florida.

Fifty people died in the shooting early Sunday at a gay nightclub. In a statement, organizers of the St. Louis event say PrideFest will go on as planned June 24 through June 26 at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Several other events are taking place throughout the St. Louis region this month.

St. Louis PrideFest leaders say that in addition to police, security personnel are being hired, including some in plain clothes, and professional events staff will help monitor activity. Those attending PrideFest events are also encouraged to be alert of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior to security or police.

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