Orlando Remembers Pulse Victims One Year After Shooting
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 15:47
The ceremony took place inside the Pulse gates.
"I miss Pulse", Poma said.
His tweet about the Pulse anniversary coincided with criticism from the LGBT community that Mr. Trump has failed to officially recognize June 2017 as Pride Month, despite celebrations this month in cities and states across the country in support of gay rights.
Geoffrey Lawrence was among those at the ceremony inside the club gates.
Among Bennett's friends who died that night was Paul Terrell Henry. They both said Monday that the courage and compassion shown after the tragedy will be what is remembered most.
With the reading of each name a balloon was released into the evening sky. At noon, church bells throughout Orlando rang 49 times to honor the victims. And just a few miles down at Pulse, the rain started to fall as the names of were read.
"I realize that gathering here in this place, at this hour, is beyond hard", Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said during the service, according to the AP.
"We are not here to relive the horror of that day".
"I called him mini Manny because he was cute, full of life, always happy", Timi said. "We are one love".
Steve Brooks, a member of the Orlando gay Chorus said of the shooter, "He is somewhere, down somewhere looking up at all of this probably frustrated as hell, because it just had the exact opposite of fact". "It's fantastic. The more you give the more you have".
It's considered the worst mass shooting in recent us history. "My daughter's life was taken there and so many others", she told Green.
"Even if we're not connected directly, we feel it directly, because it's who we are", said Gonzalez. "We are all changed. I live to love", he told me.
"I saw everything and I'm like, wow, I can't believe it".
"Paul, I think about every day", he says.
"The number kept on getting higher and higher, and it was just, it was awful". Because everyone is remembering. That's what a lot of people felt when they first came to Pulse before the tragedy.
Anne Vanderhoof brought a therapy dog to The Center, a great Dane named Zeus.
Sunday night, hundreds of people marched in Dallas to remember those lost in the shooting.
"I'm not going to allow the hate to win".
Many people cried and strangers hugged each other during solemn remembrances on Monday.
"It's kind of emotional, you know, it's a good thing though". I saw people in the back alley out there cursing god out loud, just raising hell, cursing god. Instead of this being a somber occasion, they're hoping to make it a vindicating, celebratory one.
"If you're having a fight, get over it".
Update 5:30 a.m.
Xavier Guzman, 27, said that as a Latino gay man, like numerous Pulse victims, he felt like he could have been one of them.
The owner of Pulse plans to turn the site into a memorial.