Orlando remembers Pulse nightclub shootings on first anniversary
Orlando remembers Pulse nightclub shootings on first anniversary
Florida Remembers the Pulse Massacre
21 June, 2017, 02:55
"It felt incredibly warm to see the entire world coming just because of something that happened in my backyard", Cris Pacheco, who used to frequent the nightclub, said.
One year after the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a probe into the Pulse nightclubattack, the agency continues to seek answers about gunman Omar Mateen and his actions leading up to the deadliest shooting in modern US history.
The names of all 49 of those slain were read aloud Monday, as club owner Barbara Poma and others heaped praised upon the first responders that horrific night, as well as the community that has wrapped its arms around Pulse and its clientele in the year since. "Orlando was proof love always wins". Ninety percent of those killed were of the Latinx community, and 53 additional people were injured in the shooting. Gov. Rick Scott ordered USA flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff and a gay-pride flag was unveiled at the Orange County government building.
The city declared the day "Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness" and is encouraging acts of compassion by its residents.
Starting in the early hours Monday, and continuing nearly 24 hours later, survivors, victims' families, city officials and central Florida residents will remember the victims with four services. "Your life is forever changed", she said."The whole direction of life has changed".
At 2:02 a.m., survivors, victims' families, club employees and local officials were gathered for a private service at the gay club at the exact time Omar Mateen opened fire a year ago and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
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