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Orlando Nightclub Massacre

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Coverage of the Orlando nightclub massacre, June 12, 2016

Estimated 50,000 People Attend Vigil for Orlando Victims

It was a staggering display of support punctuated by a moment of silence

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    An estimated 50,000 joined together in Orlando Sunday evening at the largest vigil yet after the Pulse nightclub shooting last week. The bell at St. James Cathedral tolled 49 times, one for each person killed. Authorities are still trying to uncover the gunman’s exact motive. (Published Monday, June 20, 2016)

    An estimated 50,000 people gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday night to remember the 49 people killed in Orlando, Florida, last week, event organizers said, NBC News reported. 

    Throngs of people packed onto the banks of Lake Eola, near downtown Orlando, holding signs with messages like "Love always conquers hate" and "Free hugs."

    It was a staggering display of support punctuated by a moment of silence, a rainbow and tens of thousands of attendees, each holding his or her own lighted candle.

    "Wow, Orlando," Mayor Buddy Dyer told the crowd, The Orlando Sentinel reported. "You're showing your love, your compassion, your unity."

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    Demetrice Naulings decided to flee a bathroom at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and lived. His best friend, Eddie Justice, got left behind, and died. Through tears, Naulings talks about that night. "My friend wasn't supposed to die in the bathroom on the floor," Naulings said. (Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016)