Mayor tells crowd at vigil: 'Orlando has your back'

Mayor tells crowd at vigil: 'Orlando has your back'”

Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma and mayor Buddy Dyer are also scheduled to speak.

This evening, local musicians and artists will hold the Orlando Love concert in Lake Eola Park. She plans for the site of the shooting to become a permanent memorial.

Consolation is what drew so many to the club Monday. Gov. Rick Scott ordered US flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff and a giant rainbow flag would be unveiled at the Orange County government building.

South Florida's prominent gay community, Wilton Manors, will also honor the Pulse shooting victims from 6 7 p.m. Monday night at the Pride Center with a remembrance flag hanging ceremony.

Starting in the early hours Monday, and continuing nearly 24 hours later, survivors, victims' families, city officials and central Florida residents will remember the victims with four services. During a standoff with police, Mateen claimed allegiance to Islamic State before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire. Panic ensued as the gunman fired round after round.

"We'll be doing an hour-long "Special Order" on the House floor where we'll be reading numerous stories of victims into the record", Soto said.

His widow, Noor Salman, was arrested in January on federal charges of aiding and abetting Mateen's attempt to provide material support to a terrorist organization, and lying to authorities investigating the shooting. She has pleaded not guilty.

State and local officials said the attack was a reminder of the undeniable strength of the people of Orlando and of Floridians.

"Those are scars that our community will carry with it forever", he said.

"One year ago, in the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy, we came together in grief, in unity, and in solidarity with the Orlando community and millions of people everywhere, to condemn this act of hate violence and affirm that love conquers hate".

"This must and will be a healing initiative, one that I believe will inspire supporters who share our vision and understand the sacred responsibility to which we have been entrusted", Poma said during a press conference in May. "Yet, in the face of extreme adversity and loss, Floridians showed resiliency, bravery and love".

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