Victims of Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting remembered at vigil
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 22:12
The victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre are being remembered on Monday, one year after their lives were cut short during the worst shooting in recent USA history. The families and friends of the forty nine people who were killed also took part in the vigil, many traveling from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and across the United States.
Forty-nine people died and dozens more were injured as a result of the Pulse nightclub massacre, the worst mass shooting in recent US history.
"This is is the kind of club I wanted to see in my district, where you didn't have to be segregated by being gay or being Hispanic or being African-American, where everyone could be together and be friends", Sheehan said.
"I would challenge each one of you this evening for the next year or two to try and perform 49 acts of kindness or love for someone else", said Deputy Chief Troy Livingston.
Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered US flags around the state to be flown at half-staff.
Monday marked the anniversary of the shooting June 12, 2016.
"We gather here today in the name of love", Poma stated.
People dressed in white angel costumes surrounded the club Monday.
Three other memorial services will be held Monday.
"Tweeted on Twitter user: "#Orlando #LGBTQ doesn't appreciate his snub on #Pride I personally feel he used Grief over #Pulse 2push DT's agenda".
Carter was one of about 50 people who turned out in Old Town to remember the victims of the shooting. Hundreds of churches around the world, including one in Panama City, simultaneously rang their bells 49 times at noon on the anniversary of the tragedy. Eventually the site will become a permanent, national memorial to honor the victims and survivors.
She says that people ask her what has changed in her life since the tragedy, and she says "everything".
She repeated her hopes to open Pulse in a new location and reserve the area for a memorial.
His widow, Noor Salman, is charged in federal court with aiding and abetting Mateen's attack and lying to authorities.
The early morning service was closed to the public and was held for survivors, victims' families, club employees and local officials.
A fundraising "Rainbow Run" took place over the weekend and a businessman donated thousands of dollars to eight gay and lesbian students for their college studies.