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Tallahassee vigil honors victims of mass shooting at Pulse nightclub

Gov. DeSantis declares June 12 Pulse Remembrance Day
Posted at 11:12 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 23:12:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — People gathered at Florida's Capitol to honor the lives taken in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history.

From across the city, people joined together to mourn and reflect at the Pulse Remembrance Vigil.

All 49 names of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando were called out, never to be forgotten.

There were prayers of healing four years after a tragedy the nation will never forget.

"Every community that has lost members, we pray their tears of grief will be a balm of healing to all of our souls," said En Hill, a religious leader.

Candles were lit and flags flown low to remember those lost on June 12, 2016 at Pulse nightclub. The attack shook the country, especially the LGBTQ community.

Cecil Robinson remembers exactly where he was the day of the massacre.

"I was actually in college, was a sophomore in college," said Robinson.

Now, each year he pays respect.

"To pay homage to those who passed away in 2016," Robinson said. "But also to commemorate the lives of those who continue to be unjustly killed just through prejudice and discrimination."

Violence against people who identify as transgender, mainly those who are black, was a topic of particular interest throughout the night.

Speakers spread messages of unity as people mourned.

"I am here to make sure that our voices are united for one common cause, and that's changing the world," said Regina Joseph, the president of Tallahassee Community Action Committee.

The goal is for all to be treated equally so an incident like that at Pulse in 2016 will never happen again.

"Our community isn't perfect, but we want to work to make it the most accepting that it could be," Jay Galante said,.

As they work towards that goal they vow to remember.

"The lives lost at the pulse massacre are not forgotten," said Jospeh.

Governor DeSantis officially declared June 12 Pulse Remembrance Day in honor of those who lost their lives.