Pulse massacre: World honors 49 victims on 1st anniversary
On June 12, 2016, 49 people enjoying a night out in Pulse club never came home. The massacre brought terror to Orlando’s LGBT community as Omar Mateen opened fire in a devastating massacre.
One year. ❤️💛💜💙💚💔 #Pulse#OrlandoStrongpic.twitter.com/F8aRQfwdiv— Diana (@Diana_Sue) June 12, 2017
Security guard Mateen, 29, killed 49 people and injured another 53 during the assault. A year later, Orlando is holding a number of events to remember the victims of the mass shooting on “Orlando United Day,” including a vigil at the city’s Lake Eola, several memorials and an event at Pulse which is open to the public.
From outside #pulse@WUFTNewspic.twitter.com/pIgkeGdkJV— Cecilia Mazanec (@CeciliaMazanec) June 12, 2017
Reading the names of the 49 killed a year ago today at #pulse.#OrlandoUnitedDay#OrlandoUnitedpic.twitter.com/18EtKyjKTL— Sean C. Davis (@theotherSeanD) June 12, 2017
Across social media, people are remembering the victims and celebrating #OrlandoUnited.
We will always #RememberThe49.#OrlandoUnitedDaypic.twitter.com/WnmBSFv1wi— Orlando FL (@citybeautiful) June 12, 2017
One year later, we continue to honor the 49 lives lost too soon, as well as the heroes who emerged that day. #LoveOrlando#OrlandoUnitedDaypic.twitter.com/zEs8lK0Gbx— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) June 12, 2017
One year later. Never Forget. #Pulsepic.twitter.com/pCfbdccoU1— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 12, 2017
A year ago today, 49 people, most of them queer people of color, were killed in the #Pulse Nightclub shooting. https://t.co/M0nPYzF9ESpic.twitter.com/ibkrvFRuXb— Elma Lewis Center (@ElmaLewisCenter) June 12, 2017
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Orlando has come together to remember the tragedy, with the mayor, police and others paying tributes to the victims and the LGBT community.
#SunRail stands with the community and proudly supports Orlando United Day. View extended train service here https://t.co/5gzWBiEUQp. pic.twitter.com/jJ1mGK1vuS— SunRail (@RideSunRail) June 12, 2017
We will always bear the scars of the Pulse tragedy and grieve for those whose lives were cut short. - @ChiefJohnMina#OrlandoUnitedDaypic.twitter.com/vQ0pJx3NeS— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2017
Since the morning of June 12, 2016 we've showed the world what compassion, love and unity look like. I'm so proud that we're #OrlandoUnited. pic.twitter.com/gbdbfDeBbs— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) June 12, 2017
Remembering those we lost today with Peace, Love and Empathy. Be kind to one another.— RockerMonster (@RockMonster223) June 12, 2017
Others used the moment to remind people to value all of humanity, and fight against hate.
We owe it to the #Pulse victims to commit ourselves to being a country that values humanity and the worth of EVERY person. #OrlandoUnitedDaypic.twitter.com/vOZ2VfoD0E— Civil Rights (@civilrightsorg) June 12, 2017
We will never give in to hate.#Orlando#Pulse#OrlandoUnitedDaypic.twitter.com/1Ffqh8MFxP— ILGA (@ILGAWORLD) June 12, 2017
The anniversary also brought back memories for those who were affected by the attack.
I'll never forget that day. Not as a journalist, but as a human being. Thoughts are with those 49 lives lost in Orlando one year ago. #pulsepic.twitter.com/kik5lcVpL9— Mary McGuire (@mcguirereports) June 12, 2017
#ORLANDOUNITEDDAY The crowds keep coming and coming to #Pulse as a mid-morning event allows folks to remain #OrlandoStrong. pic.twitter.com/zMhNCp1dZN— ScottFaisTV (@ScottFaisTV) June 12, 2017