The entire world is heartbroken by the mass shooting that happened at Pulse nightclub, the Orlando night club on June 12 — including Anderson Cooper. He paid tribute to the lives lost during his latest news segment.
Anderson focused his segment on those victims whose lives were taken. While he spoke, the names all scrolled at the bottom of the screen, and he of course, became choked up.
“In the next two hours we want to try to keep the focus where we think it belongs, on the people whose lives were cut short,” Anderson said during his tribute, which lasted nearly seven minutes. “They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved.”
The gunman, who was identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, was not part of the broadcast — Anderson stated he would not be using his name or showing his photo on screen. Omar killed 49 and injured 53 others at the club and authorities learned after the attack that he may have had ties to terrorist organizations. After killing 49, he was shot during a shootout with the police.
In the wake of the tragedy, Florida’s largest LGBT rights group launched a GoFundMe account, raising over a million dollars in the first 24 hours. “Funds raised on this page will be going directly to the victims and families affected by the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub,” the campaign page reads. “Equality Florida is working with local organizations – who are also helping to raise funds – to ensure the money is distributed properly.” CLICK HERE TO DONATE.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this horrifying tragedy.