Remembering Pulse Nightclub 8 Years Later

ORLANDO, Fla. (BFMG) — Eight years ago, on June 12, 2016, the world awoke to the horrific news of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. As we reflect on this somber anniversary, we remember the 49 beautiful souls who lost their lives in this senseless act of violence and honor the countless others whose lives were forever changed.

Pulse Nightclub was a sanctuary, a place of love, acceptance, and celebration for the LGBTQ+ community. That night, it became a site of unimaginable tragedy. Families lost loved ones, friends lost friends, and a community lost its safe haven. The pain and grief felt in the aftermath of the attack reverberated far beyond Orlando, touching hearts around the globe.

We remember those who died:

1. Stanley Almodovar III, 23
2. Amanda Alvear, 25
3. Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26
4. Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
5. Antonio D. Brown, 29
6. Darryl R. Burt II, 29
7. Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
8. Juan Chavez-Martinez, 25
9. Luis D Conde, 39
10. Cory J Connell, 21
11. Tevin E. Crosby, 25
12. Deonka D. Drayton, 32
13. Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31
14. Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
15. Mercedez M. Flores, 26
16. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
17. Juan R. Guerrero, 22
18. Paul T. Henry, 41
19. Frank Hernandez, 27
20. Miguel A. Honorato, 30
21. Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
22. Jason B. Josaphat, 19
23. Eddie J. Justice, 30
24. Anthony L. Laureanodisla, 25
25. Christopher A. Leinonen, 32

26. Alejandro B. Martinez, 21
27. Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49
28. Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25
29. Kimberly M. Morris, 37
30. Akyra Monet Murray, 18
31. Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20
32. Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
33. Eric I. Rivera, 36
34. Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
35. Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35
36. Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
37. Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
38. Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35
39. Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24
40. Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
41. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
42. Shane E. Tomlinson, 33
43. Martin B. Torres, 33
44. Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
45. Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
46. Luis S. Vielma, 22
47. Franky J. Velazquez, 50
48. Luis D. Wilson-Leon, 37
49. Jerald A. Wright, 31

Each of these names represents a life cut short, a future unfulfilled, and dreams left unachieved. As we say their names, we vow never to forget their stories, their smiles, and the love they brought into the world.

In the face of this atrocity, we also saw incredible acts of bravery and humanity. First responders, medical professionals, and everyday heroes risked their lives to save others, showing that even in the darkest moments, the human spirit can shine brightly.

The Pulse massacre underscored the ongoing fight against hate and intolerance. It reminded us of the importance of standing united against discrimination and violence. As we remember the victims, let us also commit to fostering a world where love triumphs over hate, and where every person, regardless of who they are or whom they love, can live without fear.

Today, we honor the memory of those lost at Pulse Nightclub. We extend our deepest sympathies to their families and friends and offer our unwavering support to the survivors. May we continue to remember and to act, ensuring that their legacy is one of love, unity, and hope.

In loving memory,
The World

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