Tributes To The Orlando Shooting Victims Are Heartbreaking & Touching
After a gunman opened fire inside a popular gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida in the early morning hours on Sunday, Twitter quickly flooded with a myriad of heartbreaking tributes to the Orlando shooting, many of which stood in solidarity with victims of gun violence and the LGBT community alike. Orlando itself is known as a relatively LGBT-friendly city, with several gay clubs dotting the downtown area, and the seemingly targeted shooting, which took place just after 2 a.m. ET, shook the community significantly. On Sunday, police stated that at least 20 people were killed, with several dozen more injured.
(Update: The FBI has updated the death toll to 49 victims. The shooter was also killed.)
While early reports suggested that the shooter may have been known by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to CNN law enforcement analyst Arthur Roderick, few details about the victims were released, with authorities noting that the families had yet to be notified. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement Sunday morning that the event at least had seemingly been intricately planned out.
"It's appears he was organized and well-prepared," Mina told reporters. He noted that the gunman, later identified as U.S. citizen Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, first opened fire on an officer outside Pulse, then ran inside the club, resulting in a police stand-off that lasted until around 5 a.m. ET.
As news of the tragedy began to make the rounds on social media, users responded in kind, posting tributes and tweets to the victims and their families:
Support For The LGBT Community
Prayers & thoughts to Orlando shooting victims, their friends and their families. pic.twitter.com/vpf8608gx7— Luis Guzman (@guzmanl) June 12, 2016
Straight allies of Orlando please give blood - gay and bisexual men are forbidden. #orlando Please take care of each other.— Michael Urie (@michaelurie) June 12, 2016
Grieving for the victims of this senseless attack. Our hearts are broken for their loved ones and friends. #orlando— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) June 12, 2016
This attack has come during our celebration of Pride. Now more than ever we must stand together and say #LoveConquersHate.— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) June 12, 2016
Our hearts break for the victims and families of this horrific act of violence. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community in #Orlando.— GLAAD (@glaad) June 12, 2016
My heart is breaking this morning for the Orlando community. Enough is enough. #LoveTrumpsHate— ericajanes (@ericajanes) June 12, 2016
Sending our prayers to the people who we injured and to the famillies of those who were killed in Orlando❤ pic.twitter.com/RdavHOrQ8i— Story Untold (@StoryUntoldCA) June 12, 2016
Condolences For The Victims & Their Families
Thoughts and Prayers are with those affected in the mass shooting last night in Orlando— Nico Blachman (@NBlachman24) June 12, 2016
Prayers for Orlando. Just an awful scene. Simply tragic— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) June 12, 2016
Nothing could ever justify this atrocity! My heart & thoughts go to the families of the victims. Hope that one day Love will win. #Orlando— Anggun Official (@Anggun_Cipta) June 12, 2016
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims that lost their lives in Orlando last night. pic.twitter.com/5LKgNUIEqV— JaneGoodallInstitute (@JaneGoodallInst) June 12, 2016
Grief Over Yet Another Mass Shooting
Things like these shooting, war, drones, etc. They can only happen when we dehumanized people. It's time to stop the hate... #Orlando— IG: TechImmortal (@ImmortalTech) June 12, 2016
We grew up on Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Orlando.— Eugene Lee Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) June 12, 2016
People argue politics over the bodies of dead kids.
But no one ever stops it.
Continued Faith In Humanity
Don't let all these tragedies numb your empathy towards humanity...#Orlando— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) June 12, 2016
Despite the fact that this most recent shooting is now classified as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the scores of social media users tweeting positive and sympathetic messages and tributes to the victims, shooting victims in general, and the LGBTQIA community as a whole serves to remind the public that no matter how many times it happens, communities — both literal and digital — will band together to enact change and lift each other up.