Orlando’s LGBTQ+ community holds prayer, reflection for Colorado shooting victims
ORLANDO, Fla. — The onePulse Foundation held a gathering at the Pulse Interim Memorial to stand with the family and friends of shooting victims in Colorado. Authorities are investigating the attack in Colorado Springs, where five people were killed and 25 were injured during an overnight mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub. Dozens of advocates came together Sunday evening to honor the victims, an event reminiscent of what happened in Orlando. I also know this is heartbreaking news for members of Orlando’s LGBTQ+ community and so many others here. Read: 5 killed, 25 hurt in shooting at LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado SpringsPulse survivors said the Colorado shooting is like reliving a nightmare, and people who attended the vigil are sending strength to everyone there.wftv.com
onePULSE Foundation announces fourth open application period for 49 Legacy Scholarships
ORLANDO, Fla. — The onePULSE Foundation announced its fourth class of recipients of the 49 Legacy Scholarship. The 49 Legacy Scholarship, established by the onePULSE Foundation, honors the 49 lives taken at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. On Tuesday, the onePULSE Foundation announced that the application window will open on Dec. 1 and will close Jan. 31, 2023. The onePULSE Foundation awards 49 scholarships OF up to $10,000 annually for use at an accredited institution of higher learning, including career and technical schools. For more information about the onePULSE Legacy Scholarship Campaign, contact onePULSE Foundation at 407-775-4611, ext.wftv.com
onePULSE has a new executive director, but its critics remain
onePULSE has a new executive director, but its critics remain There is a new executive director of the onePulse Foundation. It follows six years of criticism about a conflict of interest involving Pulse owner Barbara Poma, (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — There is a new executive director of the onePulse Foundation. Investigative reporter Karla Ray sat down with Deborah Bowie, the new executive director, Tuesday to ask whether this really changes anything as Poma is still intimately involved in the organization. After years of questions about Poma’s leadership as executive director, Bowie now has that title. Company connected to onePULSE Foundation purchases properties neighboring Pulse nightclub (WFTV)The Community Coalition Against a Pulse Museum released the following statement Tuesday:“We continue to oppose the onePulse Foundation’s memorial/museum.wftv.com
Central Florida remembers Pulse nightclub victims 6 years after mass shooting
Video: Central Florida remembers Pulse nightclub victims 6 years after mass shooting It was a night to remember, honor and call for change. (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida came together Sunday to honor the lives of 49 people who were the victims of the Pulse terror attack six years ago. WATCH: 6 years later: Vigil honors 49 lost in Pulse tragedyIt was a night to remember, honor and call for change. WATCH: 2022 onePULSE Legacy Scholarship honors Pulse Nightclub shooting victimBut then something clicked. It’s something another Pulse survivor, Patience Murray, said will always motivate her to push forward.wftv.com
‘49 Bells Ceremony,’ remembrance event held in Orlando to honor Pulse victims
Sunday at noon, amid days of events in observance of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, each of the 49 victims killed in the attack were recognized with the somber tolling of a bell at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando.
Events scheduled for 6-year remembrance of Pulse
2022 onePULSE Legacy Scholarship honors Pulse Nightclub shooting victim 2022 onePULSE Legacy Scholarship honors Pulse Nightclub shooting victim (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — Sunday marks exactly six years since the Pulse nightclub terror attack, on the same day of the week, when 49 people were killed when a gunman opened fire. Throughout the month, the city and various organizations have hosted events to honor those who were lost and affected by the tragedy. More events will take place on Sunday in remembrance of the day. READ: Pulse remembrance week activities announcedThe six-year Pulse remembrance ceremony will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Pulse Interim Memorial on South Orange Avenue. In addition, the Orange County Regional History Center will host its 49 Pulse memorial crosses through Sunday in honor of the 49 lives lost and all others impacted.wftv.com
Central Florida to gather Sunday to remember lives lost 6 years after Pulse nightclub shooting
Video: Central Florida to gather Sunday to remember lives lost 6 years after Pulse nightclub shooting Sunday marks six years since the Pulse nightclub shooting, the second-deadliest mass shooting our country has seen. READ: Pulse Remembrance: The City of Orlando holds a solemn gathering outside Orlando City HallSunday will mark six years since the Pulse nightclub shooting, the second-deadliest mass shooting our country has seen. A gunman opened fire inside Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others. In about three hours it will be six years since a gunman walked into Pulse and killed 49 people, injuring 53 others. READ: Pulse Remembrance Week activities continueThe onePULSE Foundation will be closing the area off for a vigil with the victims’ families around 2 a.m. Sunday.wftv.com
Visitors to Pulse Memorial site pay respects as 6-year anniversary of tragedy approaches
It was an emotional time for many who came to pay respects and reflect, with Sunday being the six-year anniversary of the tragedy where a gunman opened fire inside the popular nightclub, killing 49 and injuring more than 50.
UCF honors the 49 victims of Pulse nightclub with special lighting ceremony
VIDEO: UCF honors the 49 victims of Pulse nightclub with special lighting ceremony VIDEO: UCF honors the 49 victims of Pulse nightclub with special lighting ceremony (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — The University of Central Florida community honored victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting with a special lighting ceremony on Monday. During the ceremony, student ambassadors read the names of the 49 victims who were killed in the deadly nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. Other speakers included Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse nightclub and founder of the onePULSE Foundation, UCF alumni state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and UCF President Alexander Cartwright. Pulse nightclub survivor Orlando Torres attended the ceremony and told Channel 9, “It’s an honor to hear, we are still loved and never forgotten.”Read: 2022 onePULSE Legacy Scholarship honors Pulse Nightclub shooting victimThe lighting ceremony culminated with the lighting of Millican Hall in the LGBTQIA+ pride colors. Read: onePULSE Rainbow Run honors 49 victims of the Pulse tragedySunday marks six years since the attack.wftv.com
2022 onePULSE Legacy Scholarship honors Pulse Nightclub shooting victim
onePULSE Foundation Announces Third Class of Recipients of 49 Legacy Scholarships (WFTV)ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Sunday, June 12 marks six years since the Pulse Nightclub tragedy that took the lives of 49 people. The onePULSE Foundation, a nonprofit established to honor and preserve the legacy of those killed, announced the awarding of one of 49 Legacy Scholarships on Monday. Thuy-Thuong Nguyen of Davie, Florida was on hand at CITY Furniture’s Altamonte Springs showroom to accept a $10,000 onePULSE Legacy Scholarship in honor of Tevin Crosby. Read: onePULSE Foundation announces third class of recipients of the 49 Legacy ScholarshipThe scholarship is part of the furniture retailer’s goal to make a continuous and lasting impact on equality and acceptance in the community. Nguyen is working toward his dream of achieving a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology at Florida International University.wftv.com
Application period deadline for 49 Legacy Scholarship coming next week
ORLANDO, Fla. — The deadline for applying to the 49 Legacy Scholarship ends next week. The 49 Legacy Scholarship established by the onePULSE Foundation, honors the 49 lives taken at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be notified in spring 2022. The first class of recipients was awarded $330,000 in scholarships in 2019 and the second class was awarded $236,300 last April. The onePULSE Foundation awards 49 scholarships annually, each up to $10,000 for use at an accredited institution of higher learning, including career and technical schools.wftv.com
Report: Wife of Pulse nightclub shooter speaks out, maintains innocence
The wife of the Pulse nightclub shooter maintained her innocence related to the shooting in an interview with VICE News published on Wednesday. Noor Salman was acquitted on charges of aiding and abetting her husband in 2018, a year and a half after her husband killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. “It’s time people know the truth,” Salman said in the VICE interview. It hurts sometimes to think that people assume that I am this kind of monster.”READ: Pulse Nightclub shooter’s wife speaks at fundraiser for Muslim legal defense fundAccording to VICE, Salman said she was physically and sexually abused by Mateen throughout their marriage. And Salman told VICE for years since her acquittal, she limited her time in public and dressed in disguises when she did go out for fear of being recognized.wftv.com
Federal appeals court clears social media companies in Pulse shooting lawsuit
A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that Twitter, Google and Facebook should be held liable in the 2016 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub after Islamic State social-media posts radicalized shooter Omar Mateen.
Victims of Pulse nightclub massacre remembered 5 years later
Nightclub Shooting Florida A visitor looks over a display with the photos and names of the 49 victims that died at the Pulse nightclub memorial Friday, June 11, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Saturday will mark the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at the site. City of Orlando officials say more than 600 places of worship worldwide tolled their bells 49 times to honor each victim who died in the Pulse Nightclub shooting. The First United Methodist Church of Orlando gathered loved ones and community members and read the victims’ names. “This work is a constant reminder that the shooting at Pulse was not an aberration. The site has been turned into an interim memorial lined with photos of the victims and rainbow-colored flowers and mementos.wftv.com
Biden to name Pulse Nightclub a national memorial
President Joe Biden said on the fifth anniversary of a mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that he will sign a bill naming the site as a national memorial. The deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history left 49 people dead and 53 people wounded as “Latin Night” was being celebrated at the club. Biden said in a statement Saturday that he has “stayed in touch with families of the victims and with the survivors who have turned their pain into purpose" and described the club as “hallowed ground.”news.yahoo.com
‘Longest shift of my life,’ Orlando police officer remembers responding to Pulse shooting
Orlando police Deputy Chief James Young was one of the first officers to respond to the mass shooting on June 12, 2016 at the Pulse Nightclub, running to a club he had not only worked off-duty at, but frequented before as an openly gay man.
Exhibit marking 5 years since Pulse shooting open at Orange County Regional History Center
Community: Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy The exhibit “Community: Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy” is now open at the Orange County Regional History Center. (WFTV.com News Staff)ORLANDO, Fla. — A new exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center is honoring the place Pulse Nightclub has held in the Orlando community both before and after the mass shooting that happened there five years ago this week. The exhibit, called “Community: Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy,” documents the nightclub’s legacy long before the tragedy. READ: Photographer shares dozens of new images taken at Pulse, aftermath“It features not only the community that sort of morphed and became after the shooting, but it also talks about the community that existed at Pulse and because of the Pulse nightclub before the shooting happened,” said Pam Schwartz, with the Orange County Regional History Center. READ: Orlando to remember lives lost 5 years after Pulse nightclub shootingThe exhibit is free through Sunday, June 13, but will be at the Orange County Regional History Center through Aug. 15.wftv.com
Florida passes bill to designate Pulse as a national memorial site
ORLANDO, Fla. A bill was passed Friday by the Florida House of Representatives that would designate the site of the Pulse nightclub shooting as a national memorial site. Rep. Stephanie Murphy spoke on the House floor in support of the bill she spearheaded along with Reps. Darren Soto and Val Demings. We owe it to the families and loved ones of the victims to honor their memories by dedicating a national memorial at Pulse. By taking this important step, we are telling the world that we will fight to ensure no community will ever go through something like this again.NEWS: Our bill to make #Pulse a national memorial just passed the House. The bill allows the site to become a part of the National Park System but will allow the OnePulse Foundation to retain control of its construction.
In online ceremony, Orlando marks 4 years since the Pulse nightclub shooting
ORLANDO, Fla. Hundreds logged on Friday night to pay their respects to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, which happened exactly four years ago. The ceremony included comments from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Broadway star and Orlando native Norm Lewis and Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma. The online ceremony included family members who lost loved ones reading the names of the 49 lives lost. An hour later, St. Lukes Methodist Church also held an online vigil for the Pulse nightclub victims. At Pulse, many who survived the shooting gathered to comfort each other.
Friday marks 4 years since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – Four years ago Friday, a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando’s SoDo neighborhood, killing 49 people and injuring dozens of others. [READ: 49 bell tolls ring throughout Orlando, 4 years after Pulse nightclub attack | Rainbow emerges during Pulse remembrance ceremony]In 2018, the wounds were reopened when the gunman’s widow stood trial for her alleged role in the terror attack. While June 12, known as Orlando United Day, is usually marked somber gatherings with candles and moments of silence, this year will be different. Poma said even though the community can't gather for the remembrance ceremony, we still need to remember and honor our angels. Regardless of how it is honored, June 12 will be a day Orlandoans will never forget.
Florida representatives push to make Pulse nightclub a National Memorial Site
ORLANDO, Fla. – Democratic Rep. Darren Soto, of Florida, announced Friday that he is submitting legislation to establish the Pulse nightclub as a federally recognized National Memorial Site. The legislation was a combined effort between Soto, along with Florida Representatives Stephanie Murphy and Val Demings. The bill will be brought to the House floor for a vote by the end of June, according to a news release. “I am pleased to announce that Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has committed to bringing our bill to the House Floor for a vote before the end of June. According to a new release, the legislation passed by unanimous consent on March 11 in the House Committee on Natural Resources.
49 bell tolls ring throughout Orlando, 4 years after Pulse nightclub attack
ORLANDO, Fla. – On the eve of the fourth year since the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, community members, and churches around the world will honor the lives lost virtually this year. "In the last 4 years, we have seen growth we have seen some change through the acts of love and kindness movement," Robin Maynard-Harris, the leader of the 49 Bells Movement said. Maynard-Harris says in the past three years, about 700 churches from 16 countries have joined the tolling of the 49 bells on June 12th. It will be done through the One Orlando Alliance Facebook page where anyone can watch and share the page on social media. To join the tolling of the 49 bells on Friday, visit the One Orlando Alliance Facebook page and click on the “get reminder” tab.
Florida man who expressed admiration for Pulse Nightclub shooter accused of trying to supply materials to ISIS
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. A Florida man is in custody after a complaint indicated he attempted to supply the terrorist group ISIS with materials to carry out attacks as well as planned acts of terrorism locally, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, of Tampa, was arrested by federal agents Sunday and faces up to 20 years in prison, should he be found guilty. FBI officials said Al-Azhari was an ISIS supporter who planned and attempted to carry out an attack on behalf of the terrorist organization. Officials also said Al-Azhari was in possession of weapons he intended to use in those attacks at the time of his arrest. FBI officials said Al-Azhari had even rehearsed the means in which he would conduct the acts of terrorism.
OnePulse Foundation unveils medal design for fourth annual Orlando Rainbow Run
The OnePulse Foundation unveiled the official medal design for the Fourth Annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run Commemorative Run earlier today.The OnePulse Foundation, which was established after the June 2016 attack at Pulse Nightclub, supports educational programs, endowed scholarships and a memorial and museum that honors the legacy of the 49 lives lost. The organization was founded by Pulse club owner Barbara Poma.The 4.9K CommUNITY Rainbow Run benefits the OnePulse Foundation and takes place on Saturday, June 6, at Wadeview Park, at 2177 S. Summerlin Ave. The run is presented by Orlando Health in partnership with the UCF's DeVos Sport Business Management Program, which focuses on "ethics, diversity, leadership, community service and innovation. If you can't make it on June 6, a 4.9K "virtual run" option will also be available online.For more information and registration details, visit the OnePulse Foundation and CommUNITY Rainbow Run online. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Orlando lawmakers seek funds to help Pulse shooting survivors
click to enlarge Photo via Voice of America/WikipediaTwo House Democrats want the Legislature to set aside nearly $600,000 to keep open the doors of a center that helps survivors of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Rep. Anna Eskamani, both from Orlando, filed the budget request (HB 9095) this week for the Heart of Florida United Ways resiliency center for Pulse survivors and family members.The center opened in the aftermath of the June 2016 shooting, which left 49 people dead and 53 wounded. If funding does not come from somewhere, the center will close in 2020, Smith told The News Service of Florida.The proposal filed by Smith and Eskamani is one of more than 1,550 budget requests filed by House members. Collectively, members are seeking $2.17 billion in the 2020 legislative session, which starts Jan. 14. Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, has also asked for $2 million for a Pulse memorial (HB 3615).The funds will be used to build a permanent memorial and museum honoring all affected by the June 12, 2016 tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the written request said.orlandoweekly.com
$600,000 Sought to Help Pulse Massacre Survivors
Two House Democrats want the Legislature to set aside nearly $600,000 to keep open the doors of a center that helps survivors of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Rep. Anna Eskamani, both from Orlando, filed the budget request (HB 9095) this week for the Heart of Florida United Ways resiliency center for Pulse survivors and family members. The proposal filed by Smith and Eskamani is one of more than 1,550 budget requests filed by House members. Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, has also asked for $2 million for a Pulse memorial (HB 3615). The funds will be used to build a permanent memorial and museum honoring all affected by the June 12, 2016 tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the written request said.flaglerlive.com
Proposals made for memorial to honor Pulse nightclub shooting victims
The National Pulse Museum is expected to open in 2022 on a 1.75-acre parcel about a third of a mile from the Pulse Memorial. A foundation created after the tragedy, onePULSE, will unveil the final design proposals to the public on Thursday in Orlando. "We want to talk about the idea of safe places for the LGBTQ community, why Pulse was important," Poma said. Proposal 2"How we memorialize the Pulse Nightclub shooting influences the nature of the community's physical and spiritual renewal," MVRDV, an architecture and design firm, writes in its proposal. It has a very specific place for the name of the angels (the 49 victims).
Mass shootings in Ohio and Texas bring up difficult memories for Pulse survivors
ORLANDO, Fla. - Pulse Nightclub survivors are reacting after two nationwide mass shootings over the weekend in Texas and Ohio. "My best advice for the victims and survivors would be surround themselves with love because thats what got me through it," Casiano said. Sen. Linda Stewart (D) has been pushing to cut access to high-powered guns ever since the Pulse. she refiled legislation banning assault weapons in Florida. He also believes access and ownership of assault weapons should be limited to people 25 or older.
Visitors at Pulse memorial honor victims lost in weekend mass shootings
ORLANDO, Fla. - Several people visiting the memorial at Pulse Nightclub on Sunday took the time to honor not only the victims killed there, but the recent victims who lost their lives in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Pastor Roger Hayes was down the street from Pulse and decided to pray for the families going through this devastating time. Over the weekend, nine people were killed in Dayton less that 24 hours after 20 people were gunned down at a shopping center in El Paso. Written messages of those hurt by the recent mass shootings can be seen right outside the nightclub. To Pulse survivors and survivors everywhere: Please practice self care during these triggering moments.
Lawmakers react to one-year anniversary of Pulse
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida and national lawmakers have come out in support of Orlando and the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, which took place exactly one year ago Monday. Guilty of nothing more than celebrating who they are, 49 Pulse victims lost their lives, and more than 50 others were injured in a horrific act of gun violence." Join me in taking a moment to remember the 49 innocent lives lost one year ago today in the #Orlando terrorist attack. We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting. #OrlandoUnitedDay pic.twitter.com/OFFUVAFBJM — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2017One year later, we honor 49 of our fellow Americans of @pulseorlando and continue to pray for their families.