Orlando marks 1-year anniversary of Pulse massacre

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A year after gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in Orlando's Pulse nightclub, his widow, Noor Salman, is now awaiting trail, accused of helping her husband carry out the massacre on June 12, 2016.

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen entered the club and began shooting patrons of Pulse's Latin Night at 2:02 am. He was killed in a shootout with police after a three-hour standoff.

Monday marks the anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, when a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando previous year.

"What you have endured in the past year seems like something only you can understand", Pulse owner Barbara Poma said to the survivors and family and friends of the 49 killed and 68 wounded.

"Being here today, I get flashbacks of a year ago and that terrible feeling, but at the same time, it really helps with the closure of it", Nicole Irizarry, whose friend, Christopher Sanfeliz, was killed in the shooting, said. Another midday service was held, followed by an evening gathering in the heart of downtown Orlando and a final, music-filled late-night service at the nightclub.

The church bells at St. John's Episcopal Church tolled 49 times at noon to remember the lives of each one lost in the shooting.

Outside the perimeter at Pulse, where the fence has been decorated with vibrantly-colored banners, people laid flowers and lit candles early Monday.

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One year after the Pulse nightclub massacre, survivors and loved ones share the pain of healing.

The Orlando Gay Chorus performed four songs at the event. "I just couldn't. I'm too angry", Cobbs said.

Scott says the state, the city of Orlando and many of those affected directly or indirectly, have shown "incredible resolve as we continue to mourn the loved and lost".

"How could we not, from Orlando to Columbia we're feeling this", Kingdom Outreach, Tiffany Adams said.

"This is really for them to see what happened when they couldn't participate and to see that love", Sheehan said.

His widow, Noor Salman, is charged in federal court with aiding and abetting Mateen's attack and lying to authorities.

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