Orlando remembers Pulse nightclub shootings on first anniversary

The gunman was killed in a shootout with police.

The shooting at Pulse, where a man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group killed 49 people in Florida, was the deadliest mass shooting and the deadliest anti-gay violence in us history.

Survivors and victims' relatives were invited to enter the fenced-in space surrounding the shuttered venue shortly after 2 a.m. - marking one year since the moment the attack began - as victims' names were read aloud.

Two mayors who were an integral part of the healing after the Pulse nightclub shooting in spoke during a memorial service.

"There's going to be so many things going on that I feel it will be overwhelming for those affected", said Negron, who managed to escape from the attack the club without physical harm.

"A year ago, I woke up to the news that 49 lives that were just like mine were taken", Murrieta said.

The full day of events will feature a midday service, a "Orlando Love: Remembering Our Angels" gathering, and then a music-filled celebration at the nightclub itself.

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Hundreds of people gathered at Pulse in Orlando overnight for a vigil to pay tribute to the 49 people killed at the nightclub a year ago.

To honor the victims, Orange County, Florida declared June 12th "Orlando United Day" and asked everyone to commemorate the 49 victims of the shooting with "acts of love and kindness".

"We'll be having a covered-dish fellowship, and then we'll also have our memorial", Shurbutt said.

One year later, Murrieta reflected on the tragedy.

"I've been afraid to go back", he said of the Pulse nightclub.

"We're a community here, and we're a community that is constantly under attack", Prividera said. Monday's services culminated several days of events aimed at turning the grim anniversary into something positive.

An exhibit of artwork collected from memorial sites set up around Orlando after the massacre will be shown at the Orange County History Center. She was later charged with obstructing a federal investigation, as well as aiding Mateen.

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