Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Half-staff flags, bells mark 1 year since Pulse massacre


Yet, through his own recovery, Hansen has found strength in the community whom he served in one of its darkest hours.

Hundreds gathered on Saturday morning at the city's Wadeview Park to participate in the "CommUNITY Rainbow Run" 4.9K race. Many events are being held across central Florida to commemorate the one-year anniversar.

Monday marks one year since the worst mass shooting in modern USA history at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 others were injured on June 12, 2016, when a gunman opened fire on the gay nightclub.

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The private gathering at Orlando's Pulse nightclub at 2:02 am (0602 GMT) was the first in a series of events at which victims' names will be memorialised with performances, prayers and candlelight vigils across the country on "Orlando United Day". A final, music-filled late-night service is being held at the nightclub.

His widow, Noor Salman, was arrested in January on federal charges of aiding and abetting Mateen's attempt to provide material support to a terrorist organisation, and lying to authorities investigating the massacre.

Separately, local churches throughout the city have agreed to ring their church bells simultaneously, 49 times at noon.

The memorials were not meant to be museum pieces but were preserved because they speak loudly and eloquently about love and loss in Orlando, said Michael Perkins, manager of the History Center.

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

"There's going to be so many things going on that I feel it will be overwhelming for those affected", said Ricardo Negron, who managed to escape the club without physical harm after the shooting started.

"It's important for us to honor their lives and never forget the people that we lost that day and also after the fact there are others that we lost as well, so it's honoring them, remembering them, and just because they aren't here doesn't mean we can't fight for them", said Rodriguez.

"The history books will always, always remember that 49 people were murdered in a nightclub here in Orlando". I'm not looking forward to that. "I don't think they want to see the building, is what it is", he said.

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