The Latest: ‘We remember them’: Victims’ names read at vigil

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Orlando gay nightclub massacre (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

Tens of thousands of people in central Florida held up candles around a lake in the heart of downtown Orlando as the names were recited of each of the victims who died from the Pulse massacre just a week ago.

People chanted “We remember them!” after the names were recited at Lake Eola Park Sunday night.

Forty-nine people were slain and 53 were injured during the massacre at Pulse. The gunman, Omar Mateen, was killed in a shootout with police.

The candles being held by participants created a ring of fire around the lake.

Organizers estimated that as many as 50,000 people attended.

At the end of the candlelight vigil, they chanted “One Orlando,” ”Orlando United” and “Somos Orlando,” Spanish for “We are Orlando.”


7:45 p.m.

A rainbow has appeared over the vigil for the victims of the Pulse massacre in downtown Orlando.

People cheered, pointed and took photos of the rainbow over Lake Eola Park Sunday evening in downtown Orlando.

Organizers estimate 50,000 people are at the vigil.

One of those people attending, Traci Hines-McKenzie, says the timing of the rainbow was perfect.

Forty-nine people were slain and 53 were injured during the massacre at Pulse. The gunman, Omar Mateen, was killed in a shootout with police.


7:30 p.m.

Tens of thousands of people have turned out in downtown Orlando for an evening vigil commemorating the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The Lake Eola Park was filled with people holding white flowers, American flags and candles.

Several people held signs offering free hugs.

One of them, musician Gabrielle Claire, says she knew three people who died.

Forty-nine people were slain and 53 were injured during the massacre at Pulse.

Claire says it’s important for Orlando residents to show that they are here for each other.


4 p.m.

Hundreds of protesters are chanting “love conquers hate” outside a Northern California church where last week a pastor said during his sermon he was upset more people weren’t killed in the attack on an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( more than 500 demonstrators holding rainbow flags and signs that read “We are Orlando” and “Pride Over Prejudice” are standing Sunday outside the Verity Baptist church in Sacramento and decrying last week’s sermon by pastor Roger Jimenez.

Hours after the attack at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Jimenez told his small congregations he wished more people had been killed during the attack, calling the victims “sodomites” and “pedophiles.” The sermon was filmed and uploaded to YouTube.

Protesters say they are also angry the church is tax-exempt and are chanting “Tax the hate.”


2:45 p.m.

A Chicago carpenter with a history of making crosses for the victims of mass shooting says he made 49 white crosses for the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre to demonstrate the need for love and tolerance.

Greg Zanis said Sunday that making the crosses for the nightclub shooting was the most important work he has ever done. He has made crosses for the victims of the Columbine and Aurora shootings.

The crosses were set up outside the Orlando Regional Medical Center where many of the 53 shooting victims who survived were treated.

Zanis started making them a week ago when he first heard about the shooting, and he hit the road midweek to deliver them to Orlando.

He says the crosses are a message for people of all faiths: “Quit judging and start loving.”


2 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says so many people have done so many acts of kindness in the week following the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Scott spoke Sunday during services at First Baptist Church of Orlando, one of the area’s largest churches.

Scott says people have come together in the wake of the tragedy that targeted “two very vulnerable populations.”

Most of the patrons who were killed last week were gay and Latino.


12:25 p.m.

Forty-nine seats were blocked off with rainbow-colored balloons tied to them as Orlando’s professional soccer team honored the victims of the Pulse massacre in many ways.

Players at the MLS game between Orlando City and the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night wore rainbow-colored socks and sweatbands.

At the raucous Wall section of the stadium, fans waved rainbow flags in addition to the usual flags representing players’ home-countries.

Players stopped the game at the 49th minute of play for a moment of silence to honor the 49 people who lost their lives during last week’s massacre.

Fans also created a rainbow in the stands by wearing colored shirts coordinated by sections.

The game ended in a tie.


11:25 a.m.

Church bells rang in downtown Orlando and patrons at nightclubs paused for a moment at 2 a.m. to commemorate the shooting deaths of 49 victims at the Pulse gay nightclub exactly a week ago.

At church services and at a vigil planned for later Sunday around Lake Eola in the heart of downtown Orlando, residents remembered the victims of the worse mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

At the Joy Metropolitan Community Church, the Rev. Terri Steed Pierce told her largely gay congregation that survivor guilt was haunting some Pulse patrons who had made it out alive but had lost friends.

Pierce says she has heard of one man who committed suicide this week. She says he lost two of his friends to the massacre, though he wasn’t at the club.

She says people need to rally around those who survived the massacre.


5:00 p.m.

An aspiring firefighter who was among those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting was named an honorary one during a service to honor his life.

The Orlando Sentinel ( reports that 21-year-old Cory James Connell got the distinction Saturday from the Orange County Fire Rescue.

Firefighter/paramedic Lori Clay told those at the service that Connell was a regular at the firehouse.

Clay says Connell wanted to be a firefighter even after he was warned that the profession wasn’t exactly the most lucrative.

Clay says Connell told her, “I don’t care about money. I want to do it because I want to save lives. I want to help people.'”

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs made the proclamation that officially made Connell a firefighter


1:30 p.m.

A lawyer for the Council of American-Islamic Relations says that the FBI interviewed a man who worshipped at the same mosque as Omar Mateen.

Omar Saleh said he sat in on the Friday interview at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, the same mosque that Mateen attended near his home. Saleh said the interview lasted about 30 minutes.

Saleh said the council suggested that the FBI conduct interviews at the mosque for two reasons — to show that the sense of loss for the 49 who died in the Pulse Nightclub shooting is not unique to the non-Muslim community and to show that the mosque has an open door policy.

Saleh added that he expects more people will be interviewed at the mosque.


12:35 p.m.

The pews were full at Cathedral Church of St. Luke in downtown Orlando for the funeral of Pulse nightclub shooting victim Christopher Andrew Leinonen.

The 32-year-old Leinonen was with his friends when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire, killing 49 club-goers and wounding 53 others.

Brandon Wolf was with Leinonen and shooting victim Juan Ramon Guerrero. The 27-year-old Wolf managed to make it out alive.

He says Leinonen changed his life, and eased his pain when he was hurting.

“He laughed at my worst jokes and he never missed an opportunity to remind me just how much he loved me.”

He called Leinonen ” the fun, he was our social glue, he was also the one who loves us the most, he is the one who taught me that no matter who I am or what I do I am perfect in my own way.”


Felipe Marrero wakes up in his hospital bed in the middle of the night and thinks he smells gunpowder.

That’s just one of the problems he’s suffered after being shot four times in the back and arm during the Sunday shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 victims dead. Gunman Omar Mateen was killed in a firefight with police.

Marrero says he dropped to the floor of the club when Mateen started shooting and played dead while bodies surrounded him.

He says the shots stopped after about an hour, as though Mateen were reloading. Then he was hit in his lower back and left arm, which was shattered.

Marrero says he’s starting to heal but knows he has a long road.


This story corrects ‘Mateen’ to ‘Saleh’ in last sentence of first entry


This story corrects spelling of “Terry” to “Terri” in second entry

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