ORLANDO: “Angels” Mark Pulse Anniversary [VIDEO]

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

As he walked up to the Pulse nightclub, memories of last June clouded Ramses Tinoco’s head. He still remembered hearing the gunshots. He remembered running for his life.

But the place that has haunted him for a year was different early Monday. Dozens of angels stood guard outside, their wings made of PVC pipes and flowing white fabric. People lit candles, hugged and talked about their memories at the club before it became the place where 49 people were killed and another 68 injured.

Tinoco stood shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds of others as the names of each victim was called at 2:02 a.m. – the exact time the attack began one year ago. A few family members stepped forward to say the name of the person they lost.

The early morning ceremony, which began at 1:45 a.m., was open only to survivors, family members, or loved ones of the 49 people who were killed there a year ago. Hundreds more gathered outside the fence surrounding the building.

  • Tawreos

    Beautiful!

  • netxtown

    It still brings such a lump to my throat. The shear horror of it all. So many lost.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    My martini is getting dirty as I read and remember. Damn tears diluting a good drink.

  • Ninja0980

    So many lives lost.. for no reason at all.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Beautiful. Reminiscent of Romain Patterson’s “Angel Action” to block the Westboro Baptists Haters from the families during the Matthew Shepard trial.

    • David Walker

      I was thinking the same thing. Powerful then, powerful now.

    • Acronym Jim

      I think the group may be affiliated. The costumes are the same and the angels have hemmed in the WBHs (and other haters) at many events.

      http://americannewsx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/13445685_10207650140506373_2923356875610014855_n.jpg

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  • Steve Teeter

    I wish we didn’t have to be so good at staging beautiful memorials. This one’s choking me up real bad.

  • Boy Elvis

    A friend of mine made this last year. If you like it, feel free to use it as you will. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e22018d6f9626f22ee5b9eb99c5f7c41f129bfe484dbb8c56e97ffaf28131805.jpg

  • billbear1961
  • KCMC
    • JCF

      Beware the HATE which makes angels weep…

  • billbear1961

    You will not let hate win?

    Until the right-wing propaganda machine in this country is exposed and defanged by the SERIOUS press and the Democratic party, working aggressively and relentlessly towards that goal, fascism WILL remain STRONG in this beleaguered republic.

    Virtually unchallenged–except by comedians–the TRIUMPH of the right’s propaganda machine–led by the baldfaced LIARS on Fox–is THE story, THE scandal, of the past QUARTER CENTURY!!

    From Canada–and I imagine this is true in other western democracies, too–we have watched with astonishment and disgust and with growing HORROR at how U.S. institutions have failed UTTERLY to defend American democracy from the right’s lies and extremism!!

    Freedom of Speech does NOT mean that baldfaced lies and calls to irrational and callous extremism (which cannot stand up to CLOSE and CRITICAL examination, which cannot flourish when exposed to the TRUTH and democratic VALUES) should go virtually UNCHALLENGED by ALL who believe that the TRUTH must be defended from provable LIES and genuine democracy from hateful, two-faced extremism!!

    To say almost NOTHING–to refuse to aggressively and relentlessly COUNTER the right’s lies and extremist views with FACTS and a vigorous defense of democratic values–to leave such important work almost solely to COMEDIANS–is a gross BETRAYAL of this DEMOCRACY by any journalist worthy of the name and any politician who says he or she believes in what this country STANDS FOR!!

    Important Democrats should be in front of the cameras DAILY attacking the right-wing machine!

    TRUE journalists, in print and on screen, should be doing frequent exposés to DENOUNCE the machine’s deliberate subversion of our democratic republic!!

    If OUR media won’t do this important work, perhaps investigative reporters from ALLIED nations–like the Dutch media group looking into Trump’s history of money-laundering–WILL!!

    It is a shame–a SHAME–that we should have to rely on our ALLIES, who still defend the truth from lies and democracy from FASCISM, to do what OUR institutions are FAILING TO DO!!

    But until the right-wing machine is exposed and greatly weakened, everything else we try to do or achieve will be built on QUICKSAND!!

    • FancyThat

      Well said! We’ve sat for a quarter century watching this insipid attack on our democracy grow and thrive. Sadly, the jesters seem to be the only ones routinely shouting in the public square. Who will finally face down this enemy on a much larger scale and expose its great and dangerous farce once and for all ?? We need some heroes, — and credible, empowered journalists and statesmen.

  • David Walker
    • mr wonderful

      A most-favored piece of music for this kind of occasion.

      • David Walker

        First time I remember hearing it was during the aftermath of JFK’s assassination.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Those aren’t just “people dressed as angels,” they are the corps who visually blockade nasty nutball protesters like Westboro.

  • Lakeview Bob

    My eyes still water when I think about this. I wasn’t involved yet this horrible tragedy still effects me very much.

  • David Milley

    The tears return. A memory from last year: https://youtu.be/ClS4TKtZMk4

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • JCF

      #WeWillNotLetHateWin

      That can be taken on so many levels…

      #StillLoveHer

  • Todd Allis

    I saw all the white robes and was concerned for a moment. Thankfully they were angels, not KKK. Beautiful.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    The HRC (Human Rights Campaign) did a video tribute naming every decedent and giving a little backstory. It was played it on “Gay USA” this past weekend.

    It’s also here:

    http://www.hrc.org/blog/watch-49-celebrities-honor-49-victims-of-orlando-tragedy-in-new-ryan-murphy

    Yeah, yeah, I know – celebrities – but I dare you not to peel onions a half-dozen times before you get through it. Oy.

  • DavidDrakeNYC