Vigil for Pulse Nightclub victims draws thousands

It has been one year since 49 people died at a shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub

It has been one year since 49 people died at a shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub

Proctor and so many others in the crowd of thousands know that it was hate that triggered the shooting a year ago, but it's love that's bringing all the people this memorial service for the victims.

Guests visit the memorial outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one-year anniversary of the shooting in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017.

"People have asked me what has changed in my life".

"That will be a part of the history books, but the true legacy of our community is going to be in our darkest hour we responded with love and compassion and unity", Jacobs said. "I feel like every piece that they collected was deliberate and serves a point and it just ties back to remembering those 49 people and spreading love". If anything, it's gotten stronger.

Thousands of people gathered in Orlando to honor the victims of the attack. The names of all 49 victims were read aloud, and participants lit candles in their honor.

Many at the memorial service Monday say, if the goal of the shooter was to divide the community, his actions have had the opposite effect.

"It truly means the absolute world to me to see all of you here", said Poma, who plans to open a memorial at the Pulse site.

One woman spoke at a memorial and said, "Out of the darkness Orlando rose as a beacon of light and we shine that bright light on the issues of equality and love".

"We need to walk with and accompany everybody - there is no exception", said Bishop Noonan during the Call to Prayer anniversary ceremony.

"Friends and myself would go to Pulse Nightclub if not weekly, bi-weekly, so it was one of the more popular places to go to", said Garza. But they take comfort in seeing how this community has supported them. "It's just building a stronger to make sure that we have a safe community for everyone around us".

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