By now you've all heard the news. Our city was rocked by tragedy with at least 50 dead and more than 50 others injured after a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub very early this morning. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Today our city is in pain and we here at The Mane Land certainly send our collective thoughts and prayers to those affected by this horrific event.
Shocking. Senseless. Tragic. Those and many other words come to mind after such an event. This is something that affects us all. Not just here in Orlando, but throughout our country. Because this kind of thing can, and does, happen everywhere. It should never happen anywhere, but to our sorrow we have seen that what should be and what is are sometimes at terrible odds.
Much like our city, the Orlando City and greater soccer community is a close-knit one. We all stand together in times of need. And so it is today, with all of us shocked and saddened and searching for answers that may never come, we appreciate those who offer their support and words of comfort.
We now share the reactions of both our club and soccer community beyond:
God bless our city specially the families that have lost loved ones #PrayForOrlando— Kaka (@KAKA) June 12, 2016
Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 12, 2016
Heart. Broken. #orlando :(....— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) June 12, 2016
Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) June 12, 2016
Dom Dwyer (@Ddwyer14) June 12, 2016
We live in a sick world. Thoughts to all the victims and their families. https://t.co/OmhnosDY3M— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) June 12, 2016
Coward. My god. So so sad. https://t.co/UIFEnyrWz0— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) June 12, 2016
My thoughts & prayers go to all victims & families affected by this senseless attack. #PrayForOrlando— Seb Hines (@seb_38) June 12, 2016
Waking up to this horrible and devastating news in our city. This makes me so sad. Thinking of all the victims and families. #ourcity— Lianne Sanderson (@liannesanderson) June 12, 2016
Praying for all of Orlando & the world today in hopes that we learn to love all equally and treat all equally. #PrayForOrlando— Tommy Redding (@Tommy_Redding29) June 12, 2016
David Mateos (@DavidMateos44) June 12, 2016
Eric Avila (@EricAvila12) June 12, 2016
Flying home to Orlando today, shocked and sad to hear about the attack. #prayfororlando— Dennis Chin (@Dchinny15) June 12, 2016
Im speechless. 2 horrific shootings in 2 days. My prayers are honestly with humanity right now. that we find our way again #stoptheviolence— Jasmyne Spencer (@Jas_it_Up) June 12, 2016
such heart breaking news to wake up to. my thoughts and prayers are with those affected by last nights' tragedy. pic.twitter.com/mu4T0zVtzp— Samantha Witteman (@swittyyy) June 12, 2016
Orlando. Our thoughts are with all of you in that remarkable city after this senseless horror and night of darkness— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 12, 2016
Sad to see innocent lives being taken. Thoughts and prayers to the families who's lives have now been changed forever. #prayfororlando— Tony Rocha (@TonyRocha16) June 12, 2016
Our deepest condolences to those affected by this morning's tragedy in Orlando. #PrayForOrlando— Tampa Bay Rowdies (@TampaBayRowdies) June 12, 2016
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the tragic events in Orlando. May love guide you through this difficult time.— WNY Flash (@WNYFlash) June 12, 2016
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the horrible tragedy in Orlando. #PrayForOrlando— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) June 12, 2016
Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragedy in Orlando.#PrayForOrlando— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) June 12, 2016
On pense à toi, Orlando. ✌️— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) June 12, 2016
We are thinking of you, Orlando. Stay strong. ❤️
Our thoughts are with the community in Orlando in the wake of this senseless tragedy. #PrayForOrlando— Houston Sass (@HoustonDash) June 12, 2016
My heart breaks for our city and the families involved in this disgusting act. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. #StaystrongOrlando— Rob Valentino (@Rob_Valentino) June 12, 2016
Crazy: two weeks ago I was texting friends at UCLA to see if they were safe during the shooting, and those same ppl are texting me today.— Earl Edwards Jr (@earljrucla) June 12, 2016
Great to see the people in Orlando come together to donate blood and help in any way possible .. #prayfororlando— Miguel Gallardo (@migallardo01) June 12, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with Orlando and everyone affected by this tragedy#PrayForOrlando— BostonBreakers (@BostonBreakers) June 12, 2016
Shocked and saddened to see the news coming out about the mass shooting in Orlando. My prayers are with the victims and families affected.— Brian McBride (@BMcBride20) June 12, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the city of Orlando and all those affected by this morning's tragedy. #PrayForOrlando— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) June 12, 2016
Our thoughts are with the city of Orlando and all those affected by this terrible tragedy. #PrayForOrlando— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 12, 2016
Our thoughts this morning are with the city of Orlando and those affected by the tragedy overnight.— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) June 12, 2016
Heartbreaking news today. I'm sending all my love to Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with you!— Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) June 12, 2016
...and so on. It's been a tremendous outpouring of support for the city of Orlando from both our club (past and present) and the greater soccer community.
Stay safe out there.