Pulse Remembrance Day: Four Years Later, Let’s Remember the 49 Lives Lost

Pulse Remembrance Day: Four Years Later, Let’s Remember the 49 Lives Lost

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Four years ago today, on June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A gunman opened fire on them. The majority of them were Latinx and queer.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared June 12 Pulse Remembrance Day, signing a proclamation that ordered all flags to be lowered to half-mast, and asked the people of the state to participate in a 9 a.m. moment of silence for the lives lost.

For the past four years, people have been gathering outside of Pulse to commemorate and honor the 49. For far longer than that, Americans all over the country have been calling for appropriate reform and legislation to put an end to the unconscionable allowance of gun violence in the United States.

Pulse has not operated as a nightclub since the shooting but instead as a makeshift memorial, with plans for a permanent memorial to open in 2022. The design includes a reflecting pool and garden with a tree planted for each one of the 49 victims. There are also plans for a museum and educational center.

June 12, 2016, was the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

On Pulse Remembrance Day, and everyday, let’s remember their names.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda L. Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Jean Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, 37 years old
Luis Sergio Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Let’s all honor Pulse Remembrance Day today.

Featured photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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