OMAHA (KPTM) – Beth Rigatuso spent Thursday evening getting ready for a candle light vigil.
"If we as a community could start to look at how we are the same, instead of how we are different then we could be a much strong community," Rigatuso said.
The candle light vigil comes only days after a member of the LGBT community told police she was tied up and had anti-gay slurs cut into her skin. She also said her house was set on fire. The 33-year-old Lincoln woman was able to get out of the house and has since been released from the hospital.
Lincoln Police spokesperson Katie Flood tells Fox 42 News they continue to investigate this suspected hate crime. They have not ruled out this being staged.
"We do this everyday," she said.
When asked if there was anything that led them to believe this was staged, she refused to comment.
Rigatuso hopes Thursday's vigil at Memorial Park will help give people in the community a chance to speak out.
"Tonight, we are creating, coming around, peaceful ground for everyone to stand on, so that they can hold that candle proud and be who they are," Rigatuso said.