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OCSC Remembered Victims of the Pulse Tragedy on its Fourth Anniversary

The club showed that it hasn’t forgotten the 49 lives lost four years ago.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

There is a lot going on in the world right now, but yesterday we paused to remember the horrific event that happened on June 12, 2016. Four years ago, a shooter opened fire in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, taking the lives of 49 individuals and injuring more than 50 others.

Amidst the tragedy, Orlando came together in a show of support and solidarity to honor the lives lost and help in anyway possible. Lines to donate blood sprawled down city blocks, vendors and volunteers helped feed people standing in line, and monetary donations poured in to help.

That night changed our lives forever. Yesterday and always, we remember:

  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23
  • Amanda Alvear, 25
  • Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33
  • Antonio D. Brown, 30
  • Darryl R. Burt II, 29
  • Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
  • Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
  • Luis D. Conde, 39
  • Cory J. Connell, 21
  • Tevin E. Crosby, 25
  • Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50
  • Deonka D. Drayton, 32
  • Mercedez M. Flores, 26
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
  • Juan R. Guerrero, 22
  • Paul T. Henry, 41
  • Frank Hernandez, 27
  • Miguel A. Honorato, 30
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
  • Jason B. Josaphat, 19
  • Eddie J. Justice, 30
  • Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25
  • Christopher A. Leinonen, 32
  • Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49
  • Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18
  • Kimberly Morris, 37
  • Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27
  • Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20
  • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
  • Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
  • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
  • Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24
  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
  • Shane E. Tomlinson, 33
  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22
  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
  • Jerald A. Wright, 31

Orlando City tweeted in remembrance of the tragedy four years ago, a photo of the 49 rainbow seats in Exploria Stadium that were installed to honor those lost.

The Orlando Pride took a moment as a team to visit the memorial. You can view their posts below regarding the trip as they took time out to remember the tragedy.

Ali Krieger remembers.

Erin McLeod wasn’t a member of the Pride then but she took time to weigh in.

Kristen Edmonds posted a message of love.

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Love 》Hate We will not let hate win #pulse #49

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Ashlyn Harris vowed never to forget those who were lost.

Kay Rawlins reminded us of the city’s strength.

Major League Soccer showed Orlando the league’s support, and remind us that the tragic events of that night not only affecting Orlando but the entire nation.

I remember. I remember waiting to hear if friends were all right and if family members of loved ones were OK. I remember tears of sadness and the guilt of relief. I remember how this city — the city I love — came together to prove just how beautiful it is.

I’m sure many others who didn’t post to social media remember, but yesterday and always, we all remember.

Keep dancing, Orlando!


Here are some organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ youth in the Orlando area: