‘I was shot four times’: Survivors share their stories on 6th anniversary of Pulse terror attack

ORLANDO, Fla. — A bipartisan group of senators announced they have reached a deal on new legislation meant to address gun violence.


That’s a goal for many who visited the Pulse memorial on Sunday — the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting.

The crowd honored the lives of the 49 people who were victims of the Pulse terror attack.

Survivors shared their stories.

It’s been six years and Amanda Grau remembers it like it was yesterday.

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“I was shot four times in the morning of June 12,” Grau said.

She was hospitalized for a year. She required counseling and until recently, she didn’t want to leave her house. Then she realized “If I stayed inside afraid, it’s like I didn’t survive at all.”

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Patience Murray said it will always motivate her to push forward.

“Being shot twice and held hostage for three hours, I don’t consider myself a victim because that means I didn’t win,” Murray said.

A story of strength and resilience was displayed by many in attendance. Proof that they are not letting the horrific tragedy define them. This is their story to tell.

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There were thousands in attendance on Sunday night but the crowd was smaller than usual.

Orlando police Chief Orlando Rolon and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer addressed the crowd.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.