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Central Florida remembers Pulse nightclub victims 6 years after mass shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida came together Sunday to honor the lives of 49 people who were the victims of the Pulse terror attack six years ago.

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It was a night to remember, honor and call for change.


It is not a landmark year and the crowd was smaller, only a few thousand. But the message rang just as loud.

Loved ones of the 49 people killed were all united as one on Sunday.

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

Grau said what happened six years ago left her in the hospital for a year.

Along with months of counseling. Until 2017, she didn’t want to leave her home.

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But then something clicked.

“If I stayed inside, afraid, it’s like I didn’t survive at all,” Grau said.

It’s that resilience, that strength, that so many are showing, to prove that they refuse to let tragedy define them.

It’s something another Pulse survivor, Patience Murray, said will always motivate her to push forward.

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“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.

See more in the video above.

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