A Pulse Nightclub Survivor Recalls the Horror of the Nightclub Shooting
Ricardo Negron, a Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivor, Re-examines the aftermath of the massacre one year after the shooting. In the aftermath of Pulse, Negron was able to enjoy his sexuality more than he ever had. He said that he continues to do so as a tribute to those who died. In addition to focusing on the positive side of the tragedy, Negron is devoted to the causes of gun violence.
Those who were injured in the nightclub shooting can still participate in commemorative events. Survivors are allowed to mentor others and help with a community project. The project that Negron has undertaken focuses on increasing healthcare access for LGBTQ Puerto Ricans. He plans to attend the commemorative events, but not all victims plan to be there. Despite the grueling details, Negron says he is determined to give his all to make the city a better place.
One year after the Pulse nightclub shooting, Joey Buccellato is still processing what happened. The event remains one of the deadliest incidents of violence against LGBTQ people in the U.S. In addition to the 49 victims, dozens of others were injured. Of those killed, 29 were gay men. Buccellato, who was not in the club when the shooting took place, says he remained close to his friends and his boss, and they helped each other cope with the horror that was wrought upon the crowd.
Orlando’s LGBTQ Latino community is increasingly visible in the mainstream media, and one man is using his platform to speak about his experiences and the need for support. The Orlando United Assistance Center was created out of necessity, after a few years of struggling to find stable funding. Although many of the victims were LGBTQ, the Pulse shooting was a cross-sectional tragedy affecting a variety of communities.
While the Orlando LGBTQ Latino community was largely invisible before the mass shooting, the slaying of 49 people at Pulse nightclub changed that. Before the attack, the club had become a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, with star-studded drag shows and bachata-soundtracked “Latin Nights” events.
A Year after the Orlando nightclub shooting, Luis Vielma is still mourning the loss of her friend and co-worker. The former soccer star had worked for Universal Orlando, had worked on the Harry Potter ride, and he dreamed of becoming an EMT. After the tragedy, a memorial service was held for Vielma at the Orlando Convention Center. The event was a chance to remember the victims and honor Vielma’s life.
While visiting the memorial site, Vielma, a Pulse nightclub shooting survivor, reflects on her experience one year later. One year after the massacre, she is still doing physical therapy and working to regain the use of her right arm. She was able to purchase a Camaro thanks to donations to One Orlando. And on the six-month anniversary of the attack, the Orlando Eye will light up in Pride colors.
In a moving interview with NBC News, surviving nightclub shooter Ross, a year after the attack, shares her thoughts on the event. Although she was not at Pulse on that night, she says she missed the LGBTQ community and the dance scene. Afterward, she remained away from crowded nightclubs, bars, and clubs, mainly because of the incident. Since the nightclub shooting, she has only gone out once, and that was in Orlando.
Jerome Almon, who was shot in the arm at Pulse nightclub, remembers how the incident impacted her life. She remembers seeing Omar’s face, and she has not been able to attend a nightclub since the shooting. She is still undergoing physical therapy three times a week and working to regain her right arm. One Orlando donated money for Kali to buy a new Camaro. On the anniversary of the shooting, the Orlando Eye lights up in Pride colors.
The Orlando nightclub shooting left 49 people dead and dozens injured. Central Florida rallied to remember those who were killed and to support the survivors. In a recent interview, one of the survivors, Brandon Wolf, shared his thoughts on the event. He talked about his thoughts and feelings one year after the tragedy. While his immediate response to the attack was “awe-inspiring,” he also acknowledged that there is no way to make the victims of Pulse feel any less.