ORLANDO, Florida. – The Latest on the birthday of the Pulse nightclub shooting (all times are local):
Hundreds of people in Orlando, Florida, are leaving the flowers, the cards and drawings on the Pulse of the night club to remember the victims who were killed a year ago.
Many people cried, and strangers hugged each other during the solemn memories on Monday.
Erin Anderson and Jeannine Williams are both Orlando residents, who came by in compliance. Anderson was a friend and former colleague of shooting victim Xavier Serrano Rosado, who was one of 49 people murdered by Omar Mateen.
Williams knew many of the victims, because they live within walking distance of the Wrist, and was a frequent visitor. They had planned to go with the night of the shooting, but at the last moment changed her mind and went to another club.
Hundreds of people stood shoulder to shoulder outside the Pulse nightclub, the remember of the 49 victims on the first anniversary of the mass shooting in Orlando.
The name of each victim was read aloud, beginning at 2:02 pm, Monday. That is the exact time Omar Mateen from the firing of shots a year ago during the “Latin Night” at the gay nightclub in the heart of downtown Orlando.
At noon, the church bells in town will ring 49 times. Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags around Florida to fly at half staff on Monday.
Mateen promised allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack and was eventually killed by the police during a shootout after a three-hour stand-off. His wife, Noor Salman, is faced with the charges of complicity and obstruction in the federal court, and they pleaded not guilty to helping her husband.
A year after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the residents in Florida were the remember of the 49 clients who were slain at a gay nightclub with three services on the Pulse of the club and a great evening to gather in the heart of downtown Orlando.
Gov. Rick Scott ordered flags around Florida to fly at half staff on Monday, and at noon, the church bells in Orlando were scheduled to the ring 49.
Monday’s services lead days of events in honor of the 49 people killed and dozens wounded in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.
A footrace was held over the weekend, and eight gay and lesbian students were rewarded with $4,900 in the direction of their college studies by a local businessman.