Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pulse hosts one-year anniversary of shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 4:41 PM

click to enlarge ELIZABETH GONDAR
  • Elizabeth Gondar
A memorial was held today for the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting at the Pulse Interim Memorial to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

Victims from the Parkland shooting and the Pulse nightclub shooting joined first responders, local government officials and other members of the community to commemorate the lives lost.

The memorial consisted of a reading of the 17 victims' names and a moment of silence at 2:21 p.m., which is the time the shooting in the school began.

"I feel a lot of emotions being here, but it means a lot to me that both of my communities are coming together and honoring and remembering the people that we lost," said Natasha McImurray, who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2011.
click to enlarge Natasha McImurray and her co-workers stand in front of the Pulse Interim Memorial. - ELIZABETH GONDAR
  • Elizabeth Gondar
  • Natasha McImurray and her co-workers stand in front of the Pulse Interim Memorial.
Sylvia Serrano, a Pulse survivor, believes it's important for communities to come together and support each other in difficult times. "From one survivor to another – we know what the parents are going through," she said. "We can actually say we know what you feel, we know what you're going through."

Other people in attendance included Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and onePULSE Foundation Executive Director Barbara Poma, who both gave messages about showing love and unity.

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