About a year ago today, 49 people were killed in Pulse nightclub in Florida. They were doing what they loved, and they were taken away from the world too soon. The Pulse shooting was one of the largest mass shootings in American history, and it is important that we remember those who lost their lives.
The victims of the Pulse shooting are:
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old and Juan Pablo Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old (were partners)
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old (his sister died this past week)
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old (her son was reported as a missing person only to be found dead at school two days later)
For a moment, I thought he was speaking about the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. I had been scrolling through Facebook in bed before falling asleep, so I was startled to hear those words spill out of his mouth before I even opened my eyes. I wasn’t ready to face the news.
My boyfriend’s groggy voice continued, “It happened in Orlando.” His words triggered an instant response: “What? The club?”
“No,” he said. “It happened at a nightclub, but it wasn’t Pulse.”
I turned on my phone, and there was the headline: “Mass Shooting at California Nightclub Leaves 4 Dead.”
When the Pulse shooting happened last year on June 12, I lived in Orlando with my boyfriend and his roommates. We were all musicians who hung out in the local scene downtown, which is how we ended up at Pulse for Latin Night that Saturday night.
At first, it seemed like any other night out — until a guy wearing a hoodie walked into the club and started shooting inside. We saw him do it from where we stood outside. It was so surreal that we didn’t immediately realize what was happening; we thought maybe he just had a gun with blanks in it. But then people started screaming and running
On June 12, 2016, a gunman named Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. Forty-nine people were killed and 53 people were injured. In the aftermath of the attack, the world shared in our grief and bonded with us as we cried for our lost friends and family. The outpouring of sympathy was overwhelming. We felt so much love from around the world.
On Friday night, we will remember our loved ones at a dance party under the stars. The club will be closed to everyone except family members, survivors and first responders.
We are asking everyone to wear white attire if they can. We want this evening to be peaceful, calming and comforting. It’s going to be an emotional night, but we know our loved ones would want us to keep dancing in their honor.
Tammy Bazzano knows the power of a dance party.
On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others inside Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando. The attack was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and it led to an outpouring of support for the LGBT community worldwide.
Bazzano, who is the director of the Tampa Pride Center and the president of Stonewall Pride Tampa, organized “Tampa Remembers Pulse,” an electronic music dance party that attracted over 1,000 people on June 11 with proceeds benefiting onePULSE Foundation.
“It was not just about having a dance party,” Bazzano told HuffPost. “It was about bringing people together.”
Most importantly, she said she wanted to make sure that as time passed, people did not forget about what happened at Pulse.
It was a regular night at the gay club Pulse in Orlando, Florida. People were packed shoulder to shoulder on the dance floor. They had come to see DJ Tommy G, who was spinning his music in the main room. The club was packed with Latino gays and lesbians, transgender people, bisexuals and allies from all over Orlando.
Suddenly it happened: a hail of automatic gunfire rang out in the night. Dozens of people fell on the dance floor. Around 20 people were killed in that first burst of shooting that went on for three hours. Many others were wounded.
The killer was a young man named Omar Mateen who had pledged allegiance to ISIS. He carried two automatic weapons and a handgun when he entered the club around 2 AM and started shooting people at random, according to witnesses.
Mateen’s killing spree left 50 dead, including Mateen himself, who was shot by police after they stormed into the club around 5 AM through a hole they blasted in the wall with explosives. An additional 53 are hospitalized with injuries, some severe and life-threatening.
“There are no words I can say to take away their pain,” said U.S. President Barack Obama today on television as he addressed reporters about this horrific attack on members of
After a gunman killed 49 people in Orlando, we witnessed many examples of remarkable courage. Many Americans came together to mourn, to reflect, to provide comfort and support to the families of the victims. And while we were still struggling with tragedy, law enforcement officers in Santa Monica prevented a mass shooting there.
We know that the Orlando killer was inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the internet. We don’t yet know the full motivations of the killer in Orlando, but what is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred. Over the coming weeks, we will uncover why and how this happened, and we will go wherever the facts lead us. What we can say is that he was a person driven by hatred and that this terrible event occurred at a time when many Americans had been consumed by it as well.
In recent months our politics have moved away from celebrating our common humanity and our aspirations to providing sanctuary for those who would destroy it; away from life-giving freedom to putrefying anger; from a willingness to work together towards shibbolethic purity tests; away from treating each other with respect and kindness even when we disagree to being crassly vicious towards anyone who might think differently than ourselves.
Let us affirm that no
Music is the soul of any dance party. If a dance party has boring music, then people will not have fun. There are many different types of music genres to choose from, but there are some genres that are more popular than others. The most popular genre of music in the United States is rock and roll. Another popular genre is electronic music; this music is made using synthesizers, drum machines, and other electronic instruments.
As you can see from the diagram below, electronic music has been increasing in popularity since 1990:
The most popular electronic genre is house music, which originated in Chicago in 1985. Another popular electronic genre is techno, which originated in Detroit around 1990. The most popular style of techno is minimal techno.