Orlando marks one week since Pulse shooting

Memorial event brings out 50,000 people
Posted at 10:29 PM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 23:23:15-04
There are still many people dealing with pain and sorrow after the mass shooting at Pulse Night Club in Orlando one week ago, a tragedy that rocked the city. 
But the message during a memorial at the one week mark, was much more of joy and resiliency and how to move on from the tragedy.
With a rainbow crossing the sky, more than 50,000 people gathered in downtown Orlando to show their strength and to send a message to the world.
"We will not be defeated!  We will not be defeated!" a speaker said.
There are still tears and raw emotion in wake of the deadly shooting at Pulse, but the sense of unity and overcoming is overwhelming.  
"Peace.  Love.  Pulse," said the crowd joined together.
"The city has completely changed for the better and permanently because of what has happened.  I can't be more proud to live here," said Orlando resident Bri Gajda.
Gajda and her husband both waited in line 12 hours to get rainbow Pulse tattoos as a symbol of their support for the city and LGBT community.  The support from so many is evident from volunteers giving out water and flowers, to hugs shared between total strangers.
"It's beautiful.  I just hope we don't forget what happened here," said Magdalene Velez.
Velez's daughter was a close friend of 25-year-old Amanda Alvear, one of the 49 victims who died at Pulse.  She echoes the sentiment of many others, who hope what happened in Orlando continues to shed light on the need for love and compassion toward all.
"There are more good people than there are bad people.  There's more love than there is hate, you know.  So that's what's going to win here," said Velez.
After the music, prayers for healing, and the flicker of candlelight fade, those gathered Sunday hope that is the lasting impact of the Pulse shooting.
"Just to love each other and treat others the way you want to be treated and just to pray for the world," said Jake Rura of Orlando.
Those organizing the memorial also hope the support for families of the victims continues.  The memorial fund put together by Equality Florida has now surpassed $6 million.