The Moment This Orlando Shooting Survivor Met His Idol Had Everyone Crying

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Tony Marrero is among the club-goers who survived the brutal shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12th. Since the attack, which took place on the club’s Latin Night, Tony found the strength to heal and recover with the help of Katy Perry’s “Rise.”

The moment Katy stepped onto the stage of the “The Ellen Show,” both she and Tony burst into tears, sharing an emotional embrace. (Katy even shared that she made sure to carry a folded napkin in her sleeve because she KNEW she’d break down crying.)

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“I just want to thank you for everything you do. Your lyrics [from “Rise”] helped me from the day I was in the hospital, all the way to now,” Tony told her. “You’re amazing.”

To top it all off, Katy offered to help make Tony’s dream come true: She’s paying for his first year of film school. Aaaaaaaaand these aren’t tears, I just suffer from a wet face. Nothing to see here.

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Tony also shared his experience on an episode of “True Life: We Are Orlando,” along with three other survivors, and discussed the extent of his injuries, as well as the exhausting mental and emotional toil it takes to work through a traumatic event.

So: Godspeed on your continued recovery, Tony. We can’t wait to see all the amazing art you’re going to make.

READ: Remembering The Victims Of The Orlando Shooting, Many Of Whom Were Latino

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