Jun 12, 2018, 1:01 PM ET

Orlando marks solemn 2-year anniversary of Pulse nightclub massacre

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People in Orlando and across the country observed a moment of silence two years after 49 people were gunned down at Pulse nightclub. At noon, 149 churches in all 50 states rang bells 49 times to honor those killed, according to the One Orlando Alliance.

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A crowd also gathered at a temporary memorial outside the nightclub at 2:02 a.m, the time the shooting started, ABC Orlando affiliate WFTV reported.

Gov. Rick Scott, who visited the Pulse Memorial Tuesday morning, declared June 12 Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida.

PHOTO: Florida Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott visit the memorial to the 49 shooting victims setup at the Pulse nightclub where the shootings took place two years ago, June 12, 2018, in Orlando, Fla.Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Florida Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott visit the memorial to the 49 shooting victims setup at the Pulse nightclub where the shootings took place two years ago, June 12, 2018, in Orlando, Fla.

PHOTO: Jim McDermott (L) and Isabella Andriolo, 11, write messages on the Pulse sign as they visit the memorial to the 49 shooting victims setup at the Pulse nightclub where the shootings took place two years ago, June 12, 2018, in Orlando, Fla.Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Jim McDermott (L) and Isabella Andriolo, 11, write messages on the Pulse sign as they visit the memorial to the 49 shooting victims setup at the Pulse nightclub where the shootings took place two years ago, June 12, 2018, in Orlando, Fla.

PHOTO: People dressed as angels stand in front of the memorial set up for the shooting victims at Pulse nightclub where the shootings took place two years ago, June 12, 2018, in Orlando, Fla.Joe Raedle/Getty Images
People dressed as angels stand in front of the memorial set up for the shooting victims at Pulse nightclub where the shootings took place two years ago, June 12, 2018, in Orlando, Fla.

Scott asked all residents to pause for a moment of silence Tuesday morning and ordered state flags in Florida to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset.

At a solemn gathering outside one Orlando church, the names of the 49 people killed were read out loud as a bell tolled once for each victim.

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called the shooting the "darkest day in our city's history" in a video statement on Tuesday.

"On this day and every day, we remember the 49 lives taken on June 12, 2016, and vow to continue to support the survivors and victims' families," Dyer said.

The massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history at the time. The Oct. 2017 Las Vegas massacre, which killed 58, has since become the nation's deadliest mass shooting.

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  • Joshua

    A very sad day.

  • SpankyHamm

    I remember waking up and hearing the news and they were reporting that there were a handful of deaths, maybe as high as a dozen that were dead with 30-40 more injured. And then they held the press conference and announced...50 dead (including the shooter) and I was just stunned.

    But with each successive mass shooting, I'm becoming less and less stunned. I hear about a shooting now in a school or at some place of business and now I just wait and expect to hear the worst. They announce "possible fatalities" or "an unknown number of victims" and I immediately go to "well, probably dozens dead...again".

    It's not a place I want to be at mentally...but here we are.

  • Samuel Ryan

    Is it still to soon?

  • Armed and Psychotic Loner

    I was wondering how long the record of 49 killed would stand. I did not need to wait long, but now I'm wondering how long the Las Vegas record will hold. Given the NRA's efforts to saturate our already gun-rich country with even more guns, who knows. Moreover, it's not just the quantity, but features like suppressed and automatic fire, which many NRA members would like to see available without present restrictions.

  • MauiOhana808

    NRA values semi-automatic guns over children,s and peoples lives.........
    How sad they are!!!
    Make America Happy Again!
    Aloha :^o