A year ago Orlando shooting victim Eddie frantically text his mother ‘I’m gonna die’ and “I love you’ as he was held hostage in the Bathroom at the Pulse nightclub. His mother later collapsed and was carried out on a stretcher at his open casket funeral.
Forty-nine people were killed along with Eddie, and more than 50 others were injured on June 12, 2016, when a gunman opened fire on the gay nightclub.
Today the city of Orlando, in collaboration with the Pulse nightclub, declared today Orlando United Day: A Day of Love and Kindness.
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“This day is dedicated to the memory and honor of the 49 innocent lives taken at Pulse, reaffirms the community’s commitment to survivors and loved ones, as well as recognizes the global compassion and love displayed in the wake of the tragedy,” city officials said in a statement.