Orange County

Orlando to remember lives lost 5 years after Pulse nightclub shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. — This Saturday will mark five years since the Pulse nightclub shooting, where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.

People are expected to visit the memorial site throughout the week to pay their respects for the lives lost on that terrible day.

For many, the Pulse memorial is a place that stirs up strong emotions.

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Nicole Lee walked around the memorial on Sunday, capturing a video on her phone of photos showing how the community mourned and came together after the shooting.

“This, this very heavy and deep,” Lee said.

It’s the first time the Army veteran and her wife are seeing it.

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“This is special for so many reasons. And also, no community deserves to have this ever occur and feel attacked,” Lee said.

Over on Church Street, people gathered at a restaurant for the annual “straight men, real makeup” charity drag show.

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The event is one of many happening around Orlando to benefit the onePULSE Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to constructing a national memorial and museum for Pulse.

See more in the video above.

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