Final remembrance held at Pulse nightclub
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 14:51
Thousands gathered in Orlando Monday night to remember the victims killed in the deadliest terror attack on USA soil since 9-11.This marks one year since 49 people lost their lives in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla.
A gunman killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub and injured more than 50 others. What started as a fun night of dancing turned into a unthinkable nightmare, when gunman Omar Mateen entered the gay night club- pledged allegiance to ISIS- and opened fire.
On the first anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern US history, officials asked Americans to join in acts of "love and kindness" to honor victims of the three-hour June 12, 2016, rampage at the now-shuttered Pulse club, including survivors still reeling from emotional and physical wounds. People prayed together while the names of all 49 victims were read out loud.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was among the politicians who attended the service. "But I also know that the strength you've shown over the past year will carry you through today and in the future". Gov. Rick Scott ordered US flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff and a giant rainbow flag would be unveiled at the Orange County government building.
About 40 people gathered inside Common Space in downtown Fresno to honor the victims and reflect on the tragedy.
One year later, Murrieta reflected on the tragedy.
Nightclub owner Barbara Poma spoke during the ceremony as she closed out 24 hours of honoring the victims. "We will return that hate with love". Many Catholic churches around the United States participated in tolling church bells 49 times on the anniversary of the massacre to remember those who died. 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. She had planned to go the night of the shooting but at the last minute changed her mind and went to another club.