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Remembering The Pulse Victims One Year Later

A year ago today, America woke up to the horrific news that 49 people were fatally shot and 53 injured when a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Hundreds are gathering today at the popular gay club to mark the anniversary of this tragic incident that is considered one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. According to WSOC, church bells rang throughout Orlando 49 times at noontime.

Orlando Community Continues To Mourn Deadly Mass Shooting At Gay Club Pulse

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Others have taken to Twitter to remember the beautiful souls whose lives were cut short. They're using the hashtags #OrlandoUnitedDay and #PulseNightClub to express their sorrow and stand in solidarity.

For so many, it was a night of terror that will never be forgotten. Little did the victims know they'd be facing the unthinkable. Our thoughts are with the survivors, the victims, and their families.

Chief John Mina on Twitter

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I am proud of the bravery and courage of our officers. #OrlandoUnitedDay

Matt Stout on Twitter

We will not let hate win. #PulseNightclub ???? ❤????????????????

LaurenNY-7???????????? on Twitter

Remembering the 49 beautiful angels we lost that night at Pulse & sending love to all family's & friends that lost someone #OrlandoUnitedDay

Rhiannon Walker on Twitter

One year ago, 49 people were murdered in the #PulseNightclub shooting. Reading the texts Eddie Justice sent his mom still brings me to tears

Orlando FL on Twitter

We will always #RememberThe49. #OrlandoUnitedDay

Kensi Michelle on Twitter

Remembering all those who were injured and lost their lives 1 year ago today in the #Pulse terror attack. #PulseNightclub #Orlando

Alex Berg on Twitter

We talked to survivors of the #PulseNightclub attack. One year later, Patience Carter wonders "What has really changed?" #OrlandoUnitedDay https://t.co/wN2ovHifje

ᴀɴɢᴇ (offline)???? on Twitter

It's been a year since this tragic massacre occured here in Orlando, Fl. We will not allow fear to bring us down. #OrlandoUnitedDay

jono on Twitter

a year ago today, 49 phones rang..but they were never answered. #49angels #rip #onepulse #pulsenightclub #pulseorlando

 

So what's next for Pulse? In November of last year, city officials announced plans to turn the nightclub into a memorial, according to a New York Times report. However, this idea is still in talks. The site has been left empty and boarded up since the massacre for people to come and go to pay their respects. There is little certainty about the fate of Pulse and whether the nightclub will reopen elsewhere.

 

Sarah Francis is a half-Palestinian journalism junkie, a proud Charlotte, NC native with an oversized sweet tooth, and an active world traveler. Ask her where she's headed next. (@Sarah_Francis25)