A rainbow flag for gay pride waving in the air

 

Written by Samantha Watson

 

Just after 2 a.m. the morning of June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 53 wounded when a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

 

Today, we honor those who lost their lives in this senseless act of violence:

 

  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22
  • Kimberly Morris, 37
  • Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
  • Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
  • Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
  • Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25
  • Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
  • Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
  • Amanda Alvear, 25
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33
  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
  • Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
  • Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
  • Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26
  • Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
  • Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
  • Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
  • Cory James Connell, 21
  • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
  • Luis Daniel Conde, 39
  • Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
  • Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
  • Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
  • Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
  • Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
  • Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24
  • Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
  • Frank Hernandez, 27
  • Paul Terrell Henry, 41
  • Antonio Davon Brown, 29
  • Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18
  • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 

People all over the world are showing their support for the families and friends of those lost in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

  • Old Compton Street, a section of London’s gay neighborhood, participated in a moment of silence for those lost.
  • In Paris, a vigil was held at the Place Igor Stravinsky.
  • In Sydney, the Town Hall flew the rainbow flag and lit up pink in honor of those lost.
  • The Sky Tower and Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre in New Zealand lit up in rainbow colors while citizens held vigils.
  • Hong Kong plans a moment of silence and vigil at the Linq, a gay bar on Pottinger Street.
  • A group of supporters gathered in front of the White House and sang “We Shall Overcome” and the National Anthem.
  • Hundreds of other vigils have occurred or are planned all over the world and the U.S. in places like Milwaukee, New York City, and Newtown, Connecticut, the site of the Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of 20 adults and children in 2012.

How is your community memorializing the 49 lives lost in this tragedy? Please share below.

 

If you are not currently doing anything but would like to help, consider donating to a fund that has been set up to help with counseling and medical bills for those affected.