Members of the civil rights group conducted a moment of silence Monday for the 49 people who were killed in last year's shooting rampage at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida. "People that were attacked that night were Latinx and people of color, and that's who we are here in Salinas". Pulse has become an unofficial site of remembrance. Victims' families and survivors cried, hugged, grieved and supported one another as the victims' names were read aloud during the overnight ceremony.
People surrounded the nightclub for the final remembrance event that began just after 10 p.m.
"I realise that gathering here in this place, at this hour, is beyond hard", Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.
The doors never opened at Pulse again. After a year of physical therapy and going to the gym, his limp is gone.
They came from far and wide to the now closed Pulse nightclub Monday to reflect and grieve, to be as one. "They matter just like everyone else matters". "Like I could come here and talk with my friends".
"I called him mini Manny because he was cute, full of life, always happy", Timi said. "He was a part of my everyday life".
Olivia Baez, a nurse at Orlando Regional Medical Center, cared for victims the night of the shooting.
According to CBS affiliate WKMG-TV, multiple services will be held throughout the day. "Those are scars that our community will carry with it forever", he said. "There's nothing that can make me feel better", she said. "You can't. Not in this case, you can't do that". Gov. Rick Scott ordered USA flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff and a gay-pride flag was unveiled at the Orange County government building. CNN reported that attendees wore "We will not let hate win" shirts and people lined up to donate blood. Local officials have declared the one-year mark as a day of "love and kindness", and they are encouraging residents to volunteer or perform acts of compassion.
"That hurt. It hurt in a way that I didn't think was possible", said Leo Murrieta. "[Some] people aren't ready yet". "It underscores how we are women, we are black, we are Muslim, we are immigrants, and we are developmentally disabled", she said. He spent a semester living in Orlando.