WATCH: Tributes Flow For Pulse Nightclub Victims, One Year On


Hundreds of people in Orlando

Hundreds of people in Orlando, Florida have attended vigils to mark one year since the horrific attack on local nightclub Pulse which claimed the lives of 49 people.

The City of Orlando, the Orange County government and Pulse Nightclub declared June 12 as Orlando United Day, “A Day of Love and Kindness.”

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Family members read out the names of the 49 victims as an estimated 1,000 people reportedly gathered at the nightclub to pay their respects. Survivors, victims’ families and Pulse employees attended a private service inside the club at 2:02am, the exact time the gunman opened fire one year ago.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and other local officials were among those attending a number of public remembrance vigils.

Local media outlet the Orlando Sentinel posted short stories about all 49 of the victims of the attack, and compiled a series of interviews with victims’ families and survivors into a 20 minute video.

Pulse owner Barbara Poma has previously announced plans to turn the site into a a permanent memorial and museum “showcasing historic artifacts and stories from the event”.

People from all over the world took to social media to pay tribute to those affected as locals shared photos and video footage from the memorials happening around the city.

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(Top photo by Orlando Police via Twitter)