On the 12th June 2016, the world was rocked by another shooting, this one taking place in a popular gay nightclub called Pulse in Orlando.
Taking the lives of 49 people and injuring 58 others, a security guard, Omar Mateen opened fire in the club at 2am during its Latin themed night in which 300 people were in attendance.
Now a year on, we remember the victims, who lost their lives in this tragic event.
With Pulse becoming an unofficial site of remembrance, as early in the morning hundreds of people which turned into more than 1000 by the end of the night, gathered there as the names of the victims were read aloud. The recitation of these names begain after 2.02am, the exact time in which the shooter began his horrible rampage.
Only a few hundred were allowed within the fences which had been erected shortly after the shooting, and no one was allowed to enter the building which has been boarded up since the attack. But for those there, just being close to the building was emotional enough
“I realize that gathering here in this place, at this hour, is beyond difficult,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said during the service, according to the AP. “But I also know that the strength you’ve shown over the past year will carry you through today and in the future.”
The owner of the building Barbra Poma is turning it into a memorial and museum byt 2020, through here onePulse foundation, with many hoping it will become a place of peace for those affected or those who would just like to pay their respects.