As I scrolled through my Twitter feed yesterday morning, it upset me so much to read about this tragedy that is so close to my home. A million different things ran through my mind: the safety of the surrounding community, the loved ones of those injured and those killed, the safety of the UCF students merely 15 miles away, the members of the community who were forced to come out before they were ready because of this horrific event. To those who are helping the ones in need, thank you and I wish I could be by your side to help. To those who survived but remained traumatized by being attacked in what was considered a safe place, I can’t promise a better world but I can promise that there are individuals in the world who care about you. To the souls that were lost, you can be free now. You can be as you are wherever you may be.
On Sunday, Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, became the scene of the largest massacre in American history. The gunman, Omar Mateen, a U.S born citizen, carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the club at around 2 a.m. and began shooting, killing 50 people and injuring 53. Mateen was shot and killed by police early morning on Sunday.
Mateen, 29, lived in Fort Pierce– 120 miles southeast of Orlando. The gunman traveled to the location in what is believed to be a rented vehicle. He called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS; during the call, he also mentioned the Boston bombers.
Although the attacker pledged allegiance to ISIS, there has been no claim of responsibility from jihadi forums. ISIS sympathizers have praised the attack in Orlando.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) had investigated Mateen twice before. The first…
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