Orlando community remembers 49 lives lost at Pulse nightclub two years after shooting

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 23:19:52-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hundreds gathered at Pulse nightclub in Orlando to remember the lives lost two years ago on June 12. 

A community came together showing colors of pride and signs of love.

"It's a day of remembrance, a day of pride, a day of solitude to reflect on how we got here, what brings us here and to remember the 49 who lost their lives," said Goldie Schlage.

A remembrance ceremony was held outside Pulse at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. 

The names of the 49 angels were read out loud. People reflected on how a night of dancing ended in tragedy.

"Your stories became a part of each of us. Your heartbreak became our heartbreak," said Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse and Director of onePULSE Foundation.

Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse, said we can't erase what happened, but we can try to ease suffering by how we treat one another.

"We will educate future generations about the repercussions of bullying and hate," said Poma.

Delanie Kimball, 12, handed out paper hearts to those who attended. She said since the tragedy, she has made more than 30,000 hearts.

"Since Pulse shooting, we've been handing them out just being a part of the community to show love always wins," said 12-year-old Delanie Kimball.

Two years later, a community remains OrlandoStrong and OrlandoUnited.

"We have not forgotten what you've endured and what you're still enduring. Sometimes you may feel lonely, but know you are never really alone," said Poma.

A temporary memorial surrounds Pulse in Orlando. It displays artwork and photographs throughout the Orlando Community days after the mass shooting.