Mayor tells crowd at vigil: 'Orlando has your back'
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 0:59
Vigils, workshops, music events, and remembrance blood drives are being held across Orlando on Monday to commemorate the one-year mark.
And Mayor Buddy Dyer took to the stage to reinforce a message the Orlando community has been sending ever since a gunman stormed the club on June 12, 2016, and killed dozens before dying in a shootout with police.
The owner of the nightclub, Barbara Poma, said everything has changed since the shooting.
At noon, another memorial service was held at Pulse, and church bells rang 49 times in remembrance of the 49 people that lost their lives. Ninety percent of those killed were of the Latinx community, and 53 additional people were injured in the shooting.
Hundreds of volunteers in Orlando are remembering the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting by packaging meals for the hungry.
Florida's Governor Rick Scott ordered all flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff Monday.
The trio attended the Pulse one-year memorial events in Orlando Monday and spoke at the ceremony at the Pulse nightclub, and then meant to fly back to Washington to take the city's messages of remembrance, sorrow and unity to Congress.
June 12 has been officially recognized by the city of Orlando as Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness.
"I miss Pulse", she said.
Williams knew numerous victims because she used to live within walking distance of Pulse and was a frequent visitor.
Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire during the gay club's Latin night in the early morning a year ago, killing 49 people with an assault rifle and a handgun before being killed himself. "Orlando was proof love always wins".
An exhibit of artwork collected from memorial sites set up around Orlando after the massacre will be shown at the Orange County History Center.
"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".
After the massacre, Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, admitted to police that she talked about the attack with Mateen.
"Paul, I think about every day", he says.
Today Maria Wright and her husband, Fred, are trying to convince lawmakers that they must do more to keep the country safe.