Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Albany nightclub remembers Pulse shooting victims one year later

Albany nightclub remembers Pulse shooting victims one year later

"Even if we're not connected directly, we feel it directly, because it's who we are", said Gonzalez.

Several remembrance events will be held throughout the day.

The first service is closed to the public, and it's being held at the nightclub for survivors, local officials and club employees.

"I miss Pulse", she said.

Melissa King- a friend of a victim said, "They were people, they were someone's loved one".

FILE - In this July 11, 2016, file photo, visitors gather at a makeshift memorial outside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Orlando City, Orange County and Pulse declared June 12 "Orlando United Day" and many city landmarks have been lit up in rainbow colors, including the Lake Eola Park fountain, Orange County Convention Center, History Center and the Orlando Eye.

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June has traditionally been designated Pride Month to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in NY that are considered the birth of the modern LGBT movement. Forty-nine people were killed inside the nightclub.

Club owner Barbara Poma spoke at the event, which featured a performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus.

Many people were giving Free Hugs.

Erin Anderson and Jeannine Williams are both Orlando residents who came by in observance. She had made plans to be there the night of the shooting but chose to go another nightclub instead.

Victims' names were read aloud and a display of 49 wreaths was unveiled. Gov. Rick Scott ordered US flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff and a giant rainbow flag would be unveiled at the Orange County government building. What started as a fun night of dancing turned into a unthinkable nightmare, when gunman Omar Mateen entered the gay night club- pledged allegiance to ISIS- and opened fire. His wife, Noor Salman pleaded not guilty to obstructing justice and aiding and abetting Mateen in providing material support to ISIS.

"A year ago [Monday], 49 of our brothers and sisters were brutally massacred at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando".

At noon, church bells throughout the Orlando area rang 49 times.

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