Dyer says he called the mayor of Las Vegas to offer assistance and support in setting up a victim assistance center. Orlando's mayor also encouraged those affected by the Pulse tragedy to call the Orlando United Assistance Center at 407-500-HOPE (4673).
Terrible to wake up to the horrific news from Las Vegas. Our community stands with Las Vegas during this difficult time.— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) October 2, 2017
"Though over a year has passed since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, where 49 people were killed, including my closest friend, this new horror from Las Vegas brought me back to that same sense of dread. I can feel the pain in survivors' stories. I ache with grief for the mothers and fathers awaiting word from their children. I can remember the wall-to-wall news coverage.
I have tried to forget waiting for my best friend's name and photo to appear on a list of victims. Today, all those terrors are back. … A wound that had barely begun to heal has been ripped open and laid bare by a man apparently armed like a soldier.
As it did so many months ago, gun violence is again tearing at the seams of the country – and this is felt so acutely by those affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting.
To the people impacted in Las Vegas: we love you. I love you. If I have learned any lesson from the dark road to recovery from mass violence, it is that we all need love more than we would like to admit. Stand together. Link arms. Embrace. And know that while you begin the work of healing a deep wound, Orlando is standing with you."
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