ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - On the one month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, many reflect on what happened and try their best to move forward, despite their sadness.
On a rainy day outside the club, teardrops fall from people visiting the memorial. Orlando Torres was inside the club the night of the shooting one month ago. "Today is an important day because its been a month already and we don't want to forget who we lost here unfortunately."
Orlando says he played dead during the shooting, as he laid on the floor of the bathroom stall and felt a gun being pointed at him. "He touched me in the back and I thought he was going to shoot me. Luckily I didn't budge or move. If not, he probably he would have shot me."
As a candlelight vigil takes place outside the History Center, to remember all the Pulse victims, Orlando is thankful that he didn't die. "I'm healing much better, thank God it was just bruises and scrapes. Much better than having to get a gun shot. At times I get nightmares, when I got to restrooms in the public places I enter a bathroom stall and it has the black doors. It just reflects on the bad memories of what I went through that night."
Terry Decarlo says he's been helping victims with counseling at the LGBT Center. He believes it's important to continue living life as you had been. "Remember them in your thoughts when you're on the dance floor, you'll never forget those 49, the 53 who were shot, but life does go on, and you can't hold it in or it will fester inside of you."
Meanwhile, Orlando still wears his hospital wrist band as a reminder of that tragic night. "Thank God it's well made cause it's still lasting, I keep it as a remembrance. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of the tragic situation we all went through. And we went to the hospital and thank God I survived and God left me here on earth to support and console everyone."