During his attack, Mateen called 911 and told the operator of his allegiance to ISIS, according to USA Today, “In the name of God the merciful, the beneficial”.
“You know, I have fought in the gay community for the last 55 years. I’ve also been a patron”, said Officer Clarke. He killed 49 people and injured dozens of others before he was killed in a shootout with police after a three-hour standoff.
As part of the governor’s proclamation Scott has ordered that USA and State of Florida flags be flown at half-staff until Monday at sunset at all state and local buildings, installations and grounds throughout Florida. Rainbow murals in tribute to the victims, posters in storefront windows proclaiming “Orlando Strong”, and even rainbow welcome mats at local chain hotels, have transformed the face of the city into a living memorial to the massacre. Church bells will toll throughout the Orlando area as resident.
“It truly means the absolute world to me to see all of you here”, said Poma, who plans to open a memorial at the Pulse site.
Williams knew numerous victims because she used to live within walking distance of Pulse and was a frequent visitor.
“The FBI is grateful for the heroic work of the first responders and for the teams of doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly that night to save lives”, FBI spokeswoman Andrea Aprea said. “We are one of the top 10 and we are here to show pride”, said organizer Lynn Shoemaker. She had planned to go the night of the shooting but at the last minute changed her mind and went to another club. The “angels” first appeared in the wake of the tragedy to protect and support family and friends of the victims. “It left a solemn impact on our state that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives”, Scott said on Friday, when announcing the new memorial day. The AP reports that the recitation of names began just after 2 a.m., the time that Omar Mateen began shooting, during the gay club’s “Latin Night”. “That’s just who my community is, and I’m so proud of my community”.
After the massacre, Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, admitted to police that she talked about the attack with Mateen.
Monday’s services culminated several days of events aimed at turning the grim anniversary into something positive. A foot race was held over the weekend, and eight gay and lesbian students were awarded $ 6,600 toward their college studies by a local businessman.