While the violence was taking place and even after it stopped, various faith groups, including Catholics, arrived to help the victims and assist their families, as well as authorities responding to the massacre.
About 40 people gathered inside Common Space in downtown Fresno to honor the victims and reflect on the tragedy.
Ceremonies were held throughout the day to remember the 49 victims who were killed in the massacre one year ago.
The “Remembering Our Angels” commemoration Monday evening was delayed by less than an hour because of showers.
Guests react to the memorial outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one-year anniversary of the shooting in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017.
June 12 has been officially been recognized by the city of Orlando as Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness, and a concert was be held in Lake Eola Park to commemorate those lost in the shooting.
It was the third of four services scheduled over nearly 24 hours to mark the one-year passing of the worst mass shooting in modern USA history. Maguire and another protester were wearing shirts with anti-gay slogans. The men argued with the officers that they had a right to be there. “We will return that hate with love”. The city of is planning to turn the closed nightclub into a permanent memorial. “But I also know that the strength you’ve shown over the past year will carry you through today and in the future”, he said.
“What a terrorist tries to do is divide us”, said U.S. Sen.
People who lost friends in this tragedy said they’re still heartbroken, and that will never go away.
Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in the Orlando nightclub on June 12, 2016, and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State before he was killed by police. Monday, memorials were held throughout Orlando and across the country to honor those lives taken.