Half-staff flags, bells mark 1 year since Pulse massacre

Hundreds gathered outside the club late Sunday and early Monday, including scores of people dressed in white with angels' wings and carrying lanterns.

Actor John Lithgow said he felt that America was in a "strangely retrograde time". "So, we're all like scrambling around in the bathroom, screaming at the top of our lungs", said Patience Carter.

Last year's Tony Awards were held on the day of the shooting and it was acknowledged throughout show.

Pulse owner Barbara Poma, who was not at the club during the shooting, offered a message of companionship to everyone who continues to hear the echoing voices of loved ones lost. As we were assisting victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, I was inspired by the outpouring of support from the people of Orlando and around the world for the victims, their families and our entire LGBTQ community. The mayor says she has seen a dramatic shift in attitude among her fellow Republican lawmakers on gay rights, and she speaks often of the city's new "culture of compassion".

Deacon Nancy Oliver, who is also with the church, says she spent June 12, 2016 trying to comfort those affected.

Memorial outside Orlando's Pulse Nightclub on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The number of killings past year was the highest since 2012, when 25 LGBT people were killed.

During the service, church leaders read the names of the 49 victims and lit candles in their honor.

In Orlando, mourners brought flowers and painful memories to Pulse Nightclub.

"Seeing all of the other people from the club, I'm pretty sure the hugs will be teary".

After the attack, Negrón channeled his trauma into Proyecto Somos Orlando, a joint effort between the Hispanic Federation in Orlando and other local Latino organizations in the area.

When he finally stopped firing, many people were already dead while dozens lay critically injured.

Jeannine Williams used to live within walking distance of Pulse and was a frequent visitor.

Florida and national lawmakers have come out in support of Orlando and the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, which took place exactly one year ago Monday.

The massive free event will begin at 6 p.m. Monday night.

It is followed by another midday service at the nightclub, and an evening gathering in the heart of downtown Orlando. "Yet, in the face of extreme adversity and loss, Floridians showed resiliency, bravery and love", said Gov. Rick Scott.

Suspected shooter Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack and was later killed in a shootout with police. His wife, Noor Salman, is facing charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction in federal court, and she has pleaded not guilty to helping her husband.

The release of a report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs coincides with the first anniversary of the massacre at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

At noon, church bells throughout the Orlando area rang 49 times.

Orlando City, Orange County and Pulse declared June 12 "Orlando United Day" and many city landmarks have been lit up in rainbow colors, including the Lake Eola Park fountain, Orange County Convention Center, History Center and the Orlando Eye.

  • Larry Hoffman