Today, Friday, June 12, 2020, marks the 4-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
It was a violent, hateful act that claimed the lives of 49 innocent people who were trying to celebrate themselves, their heritage or just trying to enjoy a night out with friends.
To this day, it stands as the 2nd deadliest mass shooting in American history. Orlando and the World take today to remember those 49, and the countless lives affected by the tragic events that began at 2:02 a.m. Eastern on June 12, 2016.
Numerous organizations have spoken out in remembrance of the tragic night on social media.
Today and every day, we remember the 49 angels taken on June 12, 2016," wrote the City of Orlando in a tweet on their official account.
Pulse Orlando also spoke out on Twitter, writing, "June 12, 2016. We will never forget," as the caption to a graphic that boldly reads, "We will not let hate win."
Stonewall UK remembered the night with a photo on Twitter.
"Today we remember the 49 people killed in the #Pulse attack in Orlando four years ago," the organization captioned a collage of the night's victims.
The caption continued: "We keep those who lost their lives in this devastating attack on LGBT and Latinx communities in our thoughts, and we will continue to fight for equality for all LGBT people, everywhere."
Gay rights group GLAAD also recognized the anniversary with a list of all the victims' names and a photo of the nightclub decorated in memorial.