Emotions ran high for those who attended a vigil outside the Pulse Memorial early Sunday, six years after the shooting that changed Orlando’s history.
At 1:58 a.m. Sunday — the exact time the first gunshots rang out — there were hugs, tears and prayers.
June 12 is a difficult reminder of the terror that overtook The City Beautiful in 2016.
But since that time, love, compassion and strength have unified the Central Florida community.
Sunday’s 6th anniversary vigil paid tribute to the 49 people who lost their lives at Pulse nightclub.
We will never forget the 49 angels who lost their lives 6 years ago. Thinking about their families and friends today. We hope that the strength of our community and our support will help get you through this difficult day. #Pulse #OrlandoUnited pic.twitter.com/kHjWWwfjFo
— Sheriff John Mina (@SheriffMina) June 12, 2022
And since the vigil, a steady stream of visitors has stopped by the memorial site to look at pictures and reflect.
More Pulse anniversary events continue Sunday in Orlando — including the annual 49 Bells Ceremony at noon at First United Methodist Church and a remembrance ceremony at the Pulse Memorial at 7p.m.
Stay with WFTV.com and Eyewitness News for coverage of these events.
— City of Orlando is Prepared for Hurricane Season (@citybeautiful) June 12, 2022