ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - An Orlando family is selling t-shirts to raise money for Pulse victims, they say, some of their friends were in the club. "It really hit home."
22-year-old Alexa Vitug says the design isn't just a painting, but rather a symbol of hope she created after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub.
She wanted something to represent the community and unity. "We really wanted to pick the main points where we have the Disney Castle, the SunTrust Tower downtown and of course the Ferris wheel which hit huge when they lit it up like a rainbow."
Alexa and her family are selling t-shirts to help raise money for the Pulse victims. "Over a thousand; it's ridiculous. We've been folding all these shirts and pinning everything. We had an assembly line in the house."
"I had two friends involved at the Pulse shootings." Alexa's brother Cameron said. His friend, singer Shane Tomlinson, died in the club. "He was a singer, a very popular musician, larger than life soul in this community. He was really on his yellow brick road, which made it so sad that he passed. But he was a guy that would make your feel like a superstar. He was a guy with such positive energy, he made you feel larger than life."
Cameron's other friend, former college football athlete, Rodney Sumpter, was also in the club, but survived the tragedy. "A crazy talented athlete, just incredible physique. What hurts me most about him: he got shot 3 times in back of his left right arm and his back and will require reconstructive surgery and I know he's got little ones."
Meanwhile Alexa says she's gotten orders from all over the country by selling online through Etsy. She and her family hope to raise a million dollars for the Pulse victims. "There's a force out there pushing it and making it happen; my heart is full of love."