The World Is Uniting With Orlando After Horrific Mass Shooting At Popular Gay Club
The world is coming together to condemn the tragic shooting that claimed 49 lives at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, a shooter carrying an AR-15 assault rifle entered Pulse Nightclub — during Latino Night — and opened fire on a crowd of more than 300 people. The shooter was later killed by police after a three-hour standoff. After the shooting, people took to social media to express their condolences to the families of victims and to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
Mexican band Los Tigres Del Norte called for more love after the death of more than 20 LGBTQ Latinos.
— Los Tigres Del Norte (@tigresdelnorte) June 12, 2016
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Although the motive for the shooting is not completely certain, the most widely accepted motive is that the shooter was incensed after seeing two men kissing in downtown Miami. The man’s father claims religion was not a motive.
Lin-Manuel Miranda not only used his social media to share his pain and call for love…
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 12, 2016
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He did the same with his Tony Awards acceptance speech.
— Mo Moshaty (@MoMoshaty) June 13, 2016
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It’s hard not to get chills and tears when you hear him speak.
Gina Rodriguez gets that prayers are important, but she’s asking people to take action.
Prayers are constant. They started before all this. Policy Change is imperative and needed right not. #Orlando
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) June 13, 2016
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Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling sent condolences to the family and friends of one victim, Luis Vielma, who worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios, Orlando.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2016
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Singer AB Soto wants everyone to remember that it’s important to spread love.
— AB SOTO (@ABSOTOMUSIC) June 12, 2016
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-born Florida representative, is standing with others who are mourning.
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) June 13, 2016
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The people of Orlando came out in force with thousands lining up to donate blood for the victims.
— Steve Helling (@stevehelling) June 12, 2016
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And in just one day, people from all over the world came together to donate almost $2 million for the families of victims.
You can contribute too, here.
Vigils and memorials continues to take place all over the country. Here’s one from San Francisco:
— David Cruise (@DavidCruiseSF) June 13, 2016
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Stay strong, Orlando. The world stands with you against this hate.