Following the five-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting tragedy in Orlando, Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda are coming together again to release their charity tribute single “Love Make the World Go Round.”
President Joe Biden signed into law a measure designating the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando as a national memorial. A mass shooting at the gay nightclub in June 2016 left 49 people dead and 53 wounded in what was the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history.
The bill creates the National Pulse Memorial at the site of the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Tune in to FOX 35 Plus on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for an encore presentation of our special coverage to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of the tragedy.
For some survivors of the Pulse Nightclub, Orlando Torres, visiting the memorial at the club site brings comfort. For others, like Maria Jose Wright whose son Jerry died at Pulse, it's still too painful.
President Joe Biden announced Saturday that he would designate Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were gunned down five years ago, a national memorial, as he again called on Congress to pass gun control legislation.
To honor the Pulse 49 ahead of the 5 year anniversary, Good Day Orlando spoke with several survivors who have made it their life’s work to give back to the community that gave so much to them.
“Florida honors the memories of those who were murdered on one of the darkest days in Florida’s history,” DeSantis tweeted on Saturday.
Saturday marks 5 years since 49 people were gunned down and killed inside the nightclub in Orlando.
"With the loss of life and the chaos and the possibility of explosives in the building that we may not make it out."
Several agencies including the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office have been sending their condolences as the community remembers the lives lost.
On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire inside Pulse nightclub in Downtown Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring another 53. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer spoke to FOX 35 this year about that tragic day.
49 lives were lost the night of June 12, 2016.
49 lives were lost and dozens were injured on June 12, 2016.
In the wee hours of June 12, 2016, trauma surgeon Dr. Chadwick Smith remembers cases were just starting to slow down at Orlando Regional Medical Center when he received an urgent call around 2 a.m.
Beth Coffey has been a longtime resident of Orlando's SODO district (South Of Downtown Orlando), long before 49 innocent victims were killed at the Pulse Nightclub.
In the hours following the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Central Floridians lined up at OneBlood on Michigan Avenue with a sense of purpose, amid a sense of helplessness in the aftermath of unspeakable tragedy.
In March of 2018, the widow of the gunman was acquitted of helping her husband plot the attack and lying to the FBI afterward, ending the government's nearly two-year effort to hold someone accountable.
Beyond the glowing entry sign at the Orange County Regional History Center are tissues. Many visitors to the Pulse remembrance exhibition need them, for this journey back in time is sorrowful. Hopeful perhaps, yet heartbreaking.
Mina says it’s important to always remember the 49 angels and he still spends time with survivors and those impacted by Pulse.