Last night around 2 a.m. Eastern Time a gunman walked into Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and opened fire. Once again those of us in the United States woke up to more horrible gun violence in the news, and we have spent the day taking in this somber reality. The death toll is currently at 50, with the shooter not included in that gross number, and authorities have the daunting task of going through the terrifying scene of the crime to pick up the pieces and try to put the puzzle of this terrorist act together. This is the biggest massacre to take place on US soil, something that hurts the soul to type out at any point in time, let alone an article with 24 hours of the event taking place.
Around the world, people have their heads hung low, both in remembrance and in unbelievable sadness. Politicians, celebrities and every-day folk are once again uniting under the rainbow-colored flag, but also under horrible circumstances.
— People Magazine (@people) June 12, 2016
Vladimir Putin has sent condolences to US President Barack Obama following the tragedy in Orlando, Florida https://t.co/huDnj35X7T
— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) June 12, 2016
We grieve with our friends in the US & stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ2 community after today's terror attack: https://t.co/nwP2MR2xUm
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 12, 2016
US Army friend received condolences from the head of the Shammar tribe in Iraq for the Orlando terror attack. On behalf of the whole tribe.
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) June 12, 2016
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 12, 2016
— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) June 12, 2016
Europe mourns the victims of the horrific gun attack in Orlando. Their families and the people of Florida are in our thoughts and prayers
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) June 12, 2016
— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) June 12, 2016
I condemn, unequivocally, the horrific terrorist attack in #Orlando - as we've seen time & again, terrorism knows no religion, creed or race
— Mehmet Simsek (@memetsimsek) June 12, 2016
Orlando...I have no words. I'm devastated. Praying for the families of all the victims ?
— Jenna Dewan Tatum (@jennaldewan) June 12, 2016
My heart aches for the lost souls in Orlando. My God when will we stop crying?
— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) June 12, 2016
— abdul (@Advil) June 12, 2016
The news about Orlando has left us heartbroken. Sending all of our love to all the friends and families affected by this tragedy ❤️????
— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) June 12, 2016
Horrified by attack in #Orlando. Let's unite in the fight for
equal rights. My thoughts are with the victims and all affected.
— Lars Løkke Rasmussen (@larsloekke) June 12, 2016
Shocked at the Orlando massacre & strongly condemn this act. My prayers for the victims & their families.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 12, 2016
— Space Needle (@space_needle) June 12, 2016
All Australians stand with the people of the United States today, against terror and against hate. https://t.co/iu0mAssKqb
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) June 12, 2016
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 12, 2016
I'm horrified by reports of the overnight shooting in Orlando. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 12, 2016
— LA PRIDE (@LAPRIDE) June 12, 2016
I will never understand why people hate. No words can express how sad my heart feels about the tragedy in Orlando #EqualityMeansEverybody
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 12, 2016
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) June 12, 2016
Heartache for those lost, prayers for the injured and all who grieve, solidarity with the LGBTI community everywhere. #Orlando
— Senator Penny Wong (@SenatorWong) June 12, 2016
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) June 13, 2016
We are still reeling from the news out Orlando and can only hope those who are still injured pull through this dark time and recover quickly. There are not enough condolences we can send to the friends and family of the victims, but do know you have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and hearts.