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'49 angels are looking down at us,' Clouds form in heart-shape behind The Center

'They are watching,' Terry DeCarlo says

Clouds form a heart shape behind the GLBT Center on Mills Avenue a few days before the one-year mark of the Pulse shooting. Photo by The Center Executive Director Terry DeCarlo.
Clouds form a heart shape behind the GLBT Center on Mills Avenue a few days before the one-year mark of the Pulse shooting. Photo by The Center Executive Director Terry DeCarlo.

ORLANDO, Fla. – To mark the first year after the Pulse shooting the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida on Friday afternoon lowered its flags, one American and one rainbow, to half staff.

Behind The Center building on Mills Avenue in Orlando, the clouds parted, forming the shape of a heart.

Terry DeCarlo, executive director of The Center, said he saw it as a sign that the victims are with the community this weekend.

“Yes, they are watching,” DeCarlo wrote on Facebook under the photos.

"Our 49 angels are looking down at us and see Orlando working so diligently to honor them again this coming Monday," DeCarlo told News 6.

[READ: Pulse victims remembered | Pulse: 1 year later |What Orlando can learn from other memorials]

Monday marks the first year after the June 12 shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub.

After 49 people were killed, many of them part of the LGBT community; The Center opened its doors to people who needed counseling, resources or just a place to feel safe.

Thousands are expected to attend Orlando United Day events in remembrance of the victims.


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