Orlando Gay Chorus unites community during Pulse anniversary

Orlando Gay Chorus unites community during Pulse anniversary

City Commissioner Patty Sheehan told CBS' Kenneth Craig that one of the tragedies here is the loss of a safe haven for Orlando's vibrant LGBT community.

Monday's ringing took four minutes. "#OrlandoUnitedDay." Orlando Police Chief John Mina, in a video, called the night of the massacre "one of the darkest days in [his] 26 years at the Orlando Police Department".

Orlando police department patrol officer Alison Clarke (L) is embraced by Christine Gogicos while visiting the memorial outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one-year anniversary of the shooting in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017.

Some survivors of the attacks said they would not attend any of the commemorative events, saying the emotional impact of the shootings remains strong.

Both Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said the kindness shown after the tragedy is what will be remembered most.

One year after the shooting inside an Orlando nightclub, communities across the country mourned for the victims.

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One woman spoke at a memorial and said, "Out of the darkness Orlando rose as a beacon of light and we shine that bright light on the issues of equality and love".

But Pulse nightclub honored the victims of last year's attack with even more than that.

Ireri Vielma didn't march on Sunday because she's still coping with the pain from when her half-brother was killed at the club. At 2:02 a.m., the time of the shooting, all 49 names were read. He spent a semester living in Orlando. His wife, Noor Salman pleaded not guilty to obstructing justice and aiding and abetting Mateen in providing material support to ISIS.

"It felt incredibly warm to see the entire world coming just because of something that happened in my backyard", Cris Pacheco, who used to frequent the nightclub, said. Florida Governor Rick Scott has also ordered flags around the state to be flown at half-staff.

A foot race was held over the weekend, and eight gay and lesbian students were awarded $4,900 toward their college studies by a local businessman.

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