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Group launches lanterns to remember Pulse victims

Pulse entertainment manager organizes event in Daytona Beach Shores

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – More than 100 people gathered near Sun Glow pier Thursday night to remember the 49 lives lost two months ago at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

The organizer of the event, Neema Bahrami, wanted to launch lanterns into the night sky, but sea turtle nesting prevented that.

Instead, the crowd lit candles, some of them forming the word "Pulse."

"Being the entertainment manager at Pulse Orlando, and on top of that being the promoter, being the face of Saturday night, the creator of Latin night, it was just very heartbreaking for me to see so much damage to our lives," Bahrami said.

He said keeping the memory of the 49 victims alive is important to him.

He said it was so important to him that he found himself fighting some of the residents who live along that section of beach. He said some of them didn't want the vigil held there, but he ended up winning approval.

News 6 asked him if he had a message for Central Florida two months after the shooting.

"My message is be strong, do what's best for you and keep pushing forward," he said.


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