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Protester handcuffed outside Pulse on anniversary of attack

13 June 2017

Mourners hold candles while observing a moment of silence during a vigil outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for the mass shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Carter said Jason's mother and aunt embraced her immediately, and told her that they were proud of Jason for saving her.

Forty-nine pale yellow wreaths emblazoned with the victims' names adorned a wall at the nightclub on Monday, and many people at the ceremony wore T-shirts bearing messages such as "we will not let hate win".

The 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre, the worst mass shooting in modern USA history, were honored on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

"What happened at Pulse was the darkest day in our city's history, and we continue to grieve for the victims and fight for those who are still suffering", Patty Sheehan, the openly gay Orlando City Commissioner, said this spring.

The Washington Post's one-year retrospective of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting omitted any mention of shooter Omar Mateen's motives and ideology.

The service began what would be nearly 24 hours of observations to remember the victims and the dozens of Pulse patrons who were wounded when Omar Mateen opened fire and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

She said that night was hard on her and other officers, but the support she has received in the past year reminds her of why she became a first responder in the first place. "We need to uphold our laws and uphold good standings and being good people", said Laura McClean.

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While Pulse will serve as a memorial, Poma said she expects another club catering to Orlando's LGBTQ community to open in its place - lamenting that "your sanctuary was taken from you". Carter said she grabbed Murray's cellphone on the way out, hoping she'd have the chance to return it to her friend at the hospital.

Many people cried and strangers hugged each other during solemn remembrances on Monday. A quarter of the 2.3 million inhabitants in the greater Orlando area are Hispanic, and half of those are of Puerto Rican heritage, according to the United States census bureau.

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All U.S. flags in the state will also be flown half-staff, Gov. Rick Scott announced.

Holding hostages during his standoff with police, Mateen claimed allegiance to a leader of the Islamic State militant group before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with authorities.

A fundraising "Rainbow Run" took place over the weekend and a businessman donated thousands of dollars to eight gay and lesbian students for their college studies.

The decision to fly the flag on Monday incited one phone call of complaint in a community of 1.3 million, Jacobs said, and two protestors showed up to protest the government's "complicity" in "scandal" by flying the flag, but the move widely was applauded in the Orlando area. His wife, Noor Salman, is facing charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction in federal court, and she has pleaded not guilty to helping her husband.

Protester handcuffed outside Pulse on anniversary of attack