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Photo gallery: At Pulse Orlando, hundreds gather outside of nightclub to remember lives lost

In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 and wounded 53 more inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The attack took place on Latin night, targeting hispanic members of the LGBTQ community. On the one-year anniversary the City of Orlando, Orange County government and Pulse collaborated in "Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness," to honor the lives lost and support the survivors who made it out alive. Monday, June 12, 2017, was an undeniably emotional reminder of the violence that rocked Orlando and its LGBTQ community just one year earlier. Orlando United Day aimed to continue the unity that followed the tragedy.

            

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Tattoos honoring the lives lost at Pulse are seen on the necks of Luis Vasquez (right) and partner Jeremy Phelps during a community gathering at the nightclub memorial site in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. They were regulars at Pulse before the shooting, and got the tattoos five days after the attack.

            

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Geovanni Vargas hugs a supportive stranger during an emotional moment at a community gathering at the Pulse nightclub memorial site, held to honor the 49 lives lost one year earlier in a mass shooting inside the club, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Vargas previously worked at Pulse and lost a friend in the shooting

            

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Angel Ayala (left) and girlfriend Carla Montanez lean on each other during a community gathering at the Pulse nightclub memorial site, held to honor the 49 lives lost one year earlier in a mass shooting inside the club, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. The event was part of "Orlando United Day," organized by the City of Orlando, Orange County government and Pulse, as a tribute to the victims of the attack.

            

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Wreaths honoring each life lost at Pulse are seen during a community gathering at the nightclub memorial site in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017.

            

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Painted rocks are seen at the Pulse nightclub memorial site in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017.

            

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Stephen Holbrook wears a sign on his back as support during a community gathering at the Pulse nightclub memorial site, held to honor the 49 lives lost one year earlier in a mass shooting inside the club, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. The event was part of "Orlando United Day," organized by the City of Orlando, Orange County government and Pulse, as a tribute to the victims of the attack.

            

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Volunteer angel Tom Williams is seen with fellow angels during a community gathering at the Pulse nightclub memorial site, held to honor the 49 lives lost one year earlier in a mass shooting inside the club, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Angels wear wings and stand guard to provide privacy for those grieving.

            

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Community members mourn together during a gathering at the Pulse nightclub memorial site, held to honor the 49 lives lost one year earlier in a mass shooting inside the club, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. The event was part of "Orlando United Day," organized by the City of Orlando, Orange County government and Pulse, as a tribute to the victims of the attack.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Noah Faudree (left) and Tommie Martin hold hands during a community gathering at the Pulse nightclub memorial site, held to honor the 49 lives lost one year earlier in a mass shooting inside the club, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Both attended Pulse regularly before the shooting.

            

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Estella Peterkin (right) hugs Chris Callen during a community gathering at the Pulse nightclub memorial site, held to honor the 49 lives lost one year earlier in a mass shooting inside the club, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Peterkin worked security at Pulse from 2012-2015.

            

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Pulse survivor Angel Santiago pushes his nephew's stroller at a community gathering at the Pulse nightclub memorial site, held to honor the 49 lives lost one year earlier in a mass shooting inside the club, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Santiago spent 25 days in the hospital following the shooting.

            

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Loved ones of Leroy Valentin Fernandez, one of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, celebrate his life at his grave at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. This day marked the one-year anniversary of the attack.

            

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Angel Ayala wipes tears from the face of girlfriend Carla Montanez while grieving the loss of friend Leroy Valentin Fernandez on the one-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting, at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. At right, Montanez' daughter, Keila Murillo, 13, helps to console her mother.

            

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Friends and family of Cory James Connell release balloons in his honor on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Pulse nightclub, at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Cory James Connell was one of the 49 killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub, one year earlier.

            

MONICA HERNDON | Times

     

Carmen Vascones and Liza Roque, of Tampa, listen to speakers during a vigil for the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, at Centennial Park in Ybor City, Tampa, Fla. on Monday June 12, 2017. The vigil was hosted by Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Tampa Pride, Gaybor District and The District Magazine. It was cut short by rain and lightning in the area. On June 12, 2016, 49 people we killed in a mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub.

            

MONICA HERNDON | Times

     

Miguel Rivera and Jasmine Santana-Williams sit at a small vigil after a ceremony for the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, at Centennial Park in Ybor City, Tampa, Fla. on Monday June 12, 2017. The vigil was hosted by Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Tampa Pride, Gaybor District and The District Magazine. It was cut short by rain and lightning in the area. On June 12, 2016, 49 people we killed in a mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub.

            

MONICA HERNDON | Times

     

A small collection of candles after a vigil for the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, at Centennial Park in Ybor City, Tampa, Fla. on Monday June 12, 2017. The vigil was hosted by Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Tampa Pride, Gaybor District and The District Magazine. It was cut short by rain and lightning in the area. On June 12, 2016, 49 people we killed in a mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub.

            

MONICA HERNDON | Times

     

Liza Roque wears rainbow gloves during a vigil for the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, at Centennial Park in Ybor City, Tampa, Fla. on Monday June 12, 2017. The vigil was hosted by Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Tampa Pride, Gaybor District and The District Magazine. It was cut short by rain and lightning in the area. On June 12, 2016, 49 people we killed in a mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub.

            

MONICA HERNDON | Times

     

Suezie Hawkes and Cheryl Hawkes, of Tampa, embrace during a vigil for the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, at Centennial Park in Ybor City, Tampa, Fla. on Monday June 12, 2017. The vigil was hosted by Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Tampa Pride, Gaybor District and The District Magazine. It was cut short by rain and lightning in the area. On June 12, 2016, 49 people we killed in a mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Pulse shooting survivor Angel Colon (center) is surrounded by loved ones during a vigil at Lake Eola honoring the 49 lives lost exactly one year earlier in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Colon suffered multiple gun shot wounds.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Vanessa Morales (right) holds hands with partner Aixa Soltren, who is seen embracing their daughter Alexis Guzman, 11, during a vigil at Lake Eola honoring the 49 lives lost exactly one year earlier in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Soltren was at Pulse the night of the attack, but departed before the shooting began.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Community members gather for a vigil at Lake Eola honoring the 49 lives lost exactly one year earlier in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. The event was part of "Orlando United Day," organized by the City of Orlando, Orange County government and Pulse, as a tribute to the victims of the attack.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

McKenna Post holds a rainbow flag as her mother, Randa Black, hugs her during a vigil at Lake Eola honoring the 49 lives lost exactly one year earlier in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. The event was part of "Orlando United Day," organized by the City of Orlando, Orange County government and Pulse, as a tribute to the victims of the attack.

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