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Orlando, Florida - 12 June 2019
1. Various of people gathered around Pulse nightclub memorial in Orlando
2. UPSOUND (English) Woman saying prayer in front of memorial:
"And so God may we honor them in the way that we love one another, ways in which we interact with one another, and the way which we will never forget the love that they shared with us. May their hearts beat through us now and forever. We thank you God for all that your doing in us and through us. We bless them and we pray that you will bless us and live on through their memory. God thank you again for bringing us all together. Love wins again God in Jesus name. Amen."
Floridians and others around the world on Wednesday remembered the three-year anniversary of a massacre at a gay nightclub on Latin night that left 49 people dead and scores more wounded.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation ordering state flags to be lowered to half-staff and asking Floridians to pause to remember the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Gunman Omar Mateen was killed after a three-hour standoff by SWAT team members. He had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
At the time, the Pulse massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. However, the mass shooting in 2017 along the Las Vegas Strip became the deadliest when 58 people were killed.
In the U.S. Senate, Florida's two Republican U.S. senators introduced a resolution honoring the 49 club-goers who were killed. The resolution, which passed with unanimous consent, noted that the massacre was "an attack on LGBTQ community, the Hispanic community, the city of Orlando, the state of Florida and the United States."
In Orlando, churches were ringing bells 49 times at noon and a memorial service was being held at night outside the Pulse nightclub, which has been closed since the shooting in June 2016.
Some survivors gathered at the club shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday to mark the exact time the shooting started.
Pulse owner Barbara Poma has established a nonprofit to open a memorial and museum at the site. About $14 million has been raised for the $50 million project.
Six design firms have been selected as finalists and the winner will be chosen in the fall. The permanent memorial and museum are scheduled to open in 2022.
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