Photos Courtesy: Orlando Police, Mayor Buddy Dyer, Twitter
As tributes continue across the nation and around the world, many supporters gathered on the lawn at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Art in Orlando for a 7 p.m. community candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the Pulse Night Club mass shooting. “We can’t change what happened. But we can show those who seek to harm us that love conquers hate,” Mayor Buddy Dyer tweeted. A fund also has been created to raise money to help the families affected by the tragedy. People can donate through the One Orlando Fund’s website, which will be launched tomorrow, Mayor Dyer said.
The Orlando Health Center reported tonight “All patients currently have a positive prognosis and appear to be improving.”
“Families of all 49 deceased victims have been notified,” The City of Orlando also tweeted tonight. Visit http://www.cityoforlando.net/blog/victims/
During the day, Orlando Police Chief John Mina went into more detail about what happened during the shooting rampage and his department’s response to end it at the Pulse Night Club early Sunday morning. Orlando Police also published the names of the SWAT team officers who rushed in to rescue the hostages and killed gunman Omar Mateen.
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On Monday morning, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer updated the official victim count to 49 people dead. The suspected gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, also was killed, making the total 50. The mass shooting at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando early Sunday morning is the worst in the nation’s history. On Sunday, officials involved in the investigation called the attack an act of terrorism and hate against the LGBT community and the United States.
“48 of the 49 victims have been identified. 26 next of kin have been notified, with more to come,” tweeted Mayor Dyer in a 7:30 a.m. summary Monday.
Orlando Police confirmed on Twitter Monday morning that no other shooters were involved. However, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI are continuing their investigation to find others connected to the Orlando night club shooting. Bondi said they will be found and prosecuted.
Some of the people who died or in critical condition are from Sarasota, Davenport and the Tampa Bay area. The public has been asked to pray for them and to stay strong. Many also lined up at blood banks to donate blood or food to help the hospitalized victims, their families and friends in Orlando and investigators on scene.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement removed all the victims from the Pulse Night Club in Orlando by 11 p.m. Sunday.
Due an overwhelming number of phone calls to the family crisis hotline, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asks the public to allow primary family members call 407-246-4357 to inquire about the status of their loved ones who were at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando during the mass shooting at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, June 12, 2016.