Visitors to the Pulse Memorial site pay their respects as the tragedy approaches 6th anniversary


There was a light and steady crowd at the Pulse Memorial site on Saturday.

It was an emotional time for many who came to pay their respects and reflect, with Sunday being the sixth anniversary of the tragedy where a gunman opened fire inside the popular nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring more than 50.

“I just felt like an overwhelming sadness, there’s a lot of love here and you can love seeing it and feeling it,” Courtney Warren of Tampa said.

Justin Perez also came from Tampa.

“Almost like anger for six years and still nothing has changed,” Perez said. “Just insane.”

Warren and Perez traveled from Tampa to share their support.

“Just to let them know they’re not alone,” Perez said. “You know, I don’t know how long it’s taken my brother to come out and make sure he knows he’s loved, and it’s not just his community that hurts. It’s everyone .

This wound was seen on the faces of everyone who visited the site on Saturday.

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The faces of souls that have been lost are now displayed so that they are not forgotten.

Warren said with everything going on in the world, now is the time to spread love, not hate.

“I think people are very judgmental,” she said. “I think the world breeds this judgmental behavior for people to breed hate, and I think people just need to love each other.”

On Sunday, the city along with the LGBTQ+ community will host events on the anniversary, from ringing bells at First United Methodist Church in Orlando to a ceremony at the memorial honoring the 49 victims.

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