• ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: People visit the memorial to the victims of the mass shooting setup around the Pulse gay nightclub one year after the shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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  • Lizbeth DaVila touches a painted rock at the "Hugs Not Hate" heart memorial outside Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 12, 2017, in honor of the 49 people who lost their lives in the shooting one year ago. (Kayla O'Brien/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
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    Lizbeth DaVila touches a painted rock at the "Hugs Not Hate" heart memorial outside Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 12, 2017, in honor of the 49 people who lost their lives in the shooting one year ago. (Kayla O'Brien/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

  • A guest strolls through the parking lot outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette
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    A guest strolls through the parking lot outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one year anniversary of the shooting, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Scott Audette

  • Mary Beth Nickerson signs the wall outside of Pulse Nightclub while visiting the memorial on the one year anniversary of the shooting in Orlando, Florida June 12, 2017.  REUTERS/Scott Audette FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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  • Artist Yuriy Karabash hugs a family member of a victim at the Pulse nightclub, Monday, June 12, 2017, in front of his mural that commemorates the one-year anniversary of the June 12, 2016, massacre that killed 49 at Pulse. (Joe Burbank /Orlando Sentinel via AP)
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    Artist Yuriy Karabash hugs a family member of a victim at the Pulse nightclub, Monday, June 12, 2017, in front of his mural that commemorates the one-year anniversary of the June 12, 2016, massacre that killed 49 at Pulse. (Joe Burbank /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

  • ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Jose Ramirez who survived the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub reacts as he visits the site one year after the shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Jose Ramirez who survived the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub reacts as he visits the site one year after the shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

  • ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Leann Ferguson and Liz Lockwood (L-R) hug outside the Pulse gay nightclub as they remember those lost one year ago during a mass shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Leann Ferguson and Liz Lockwood (L-R) hug outside the Pulse gay nightclub as they remember those lost one year ago during a mass shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

  • ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Melinda Vargas and Natascha Soto (L-R) visit the memorial setup outside the Pulse gay nightclub as they remember those lost one year ago during a mass shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Melinda Vargas and Natascha Soto (L-R) visit the memorial setup outside the Pulse gay nightclub as they remember those lost one year ago during a mass shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

  • ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Claudette Mcintosh visits the memorial setup outside the Pulse gay nightclub as she remembers the victims of a mass shooting at the club one year ago on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Claudette Mcintosh visits the memorial setup outside the Pulse gay nightclub as she remembers the victims of a mass shooting at the club one year ago on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

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    A wall of flowered-hearts on the side of the Pulse nightclub, Monday, June 12, 2017, commemorates the one-year anniversary of the June 12, 2016, massacre that killed 49 at Pulse. (Joe Burbank /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

  • ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: People visit the memorial to the victims of the mass shooting setup around the Pulse gay nightclub one year after the shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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  • ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Jasmine Q visits the memorial to the victims of the mass shooting setup around the Pulse gay nightclub one year after the shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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  • ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: A police car stands guard as people visit the memorial to the victims of the mass shooting setup around the Pulse gay nightclub one year after the shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
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Cientos de personas se congregaron la madrugada del lunes frente al bar gay Pulse, marcando así el inicio de un día de tributos a las víctimas de la masacre en Orlando, en la que hace un año un hombre entró a tiros a la discoteca y mató a 49 personas.

El 12 de junio del año pasado, el estadounidense Omar Mateen dejó también 58 heridos en el virulento ataque cometido en nombre del grupo yihadista Estado Islámico. Después de tres horas, fue abatido por la policía.

El local, que pronto será convertido en un museo, abrió sus puertas a las 2 de la mañana para los familiares de las víctimas y los supervivientes del ataque, en una ceremonia privada con las autoridades de la ciudad donde se leyeron los nombres de los 49 fallecidos.

"No importa lo oscura que esté la noche, el Sol siempre va a brillar", dijo el alcalde de Orlando -en el centro de Florida- durante el encuentro.

Fuera, frente al bar rodeado de telas con los colores del arcoíris, retratos de las víctimas, velas, flores, peluches y toda clase de ofrendas, cientos de personas acudieron a rendir tributo a las víctimas del tiroteo más mortífero de la historia reciente de Estados Unidos.

Decenas de voluntarios vestidos de ángeles, con alas de caños de PVC y grandes telas blancas, rodearon el lugar portando velas entre sus manos. El "Ejército de Ángeles" nació días después del ataque, para proteger visualmente a los dolientes de los manifestantes antigay.

"Lo único positivo que podemos sacar de todo esto es la enorme cantidad de amor y de preocupación que todos están mostrando hacia los demás", dijo al canal WFTV Viviana Torche, quien se encontraba allí participando del homenaje.

Christopher Hansen, también presente, contó al diario local Orlando Sentinel que logró escapar de la disco la noche del ataque y que se quedó fuera para ayudar a atender heridos.

"La emoción es demasiado grande para ponerle palabras. He vuelto varias veces pero ahora es diferente", dijo al diario. "Es hermoso ver a toda esta gente aquí para apoyar, recordar y rendir homenaje a sus vidas".

--- Día de Orlando Unido ---

Las autoridades locales declararon este lunes el "Día de Orlando Unido" y el gobernador de Florida, Rick Scott, proclamó el 12 de junio el "Día de la Rememoración de Pulse", ordenando que las banderas ondeen a media asta en todo el estado.

Scott visitó la discoteca en la mañana del lunes, donde guardó un minuto silencio.

"Esto fue un ataque a Orlando, a nuestro estado, a la comunidad hispana y a la comunidad LGBT. Dejó un impacto solemne en nuestro estado que llevaremos con nosotros el resto de nuestras vidas", dijo Scott al formular el viernes pasado esta proclamación.

La mayoría de las víctimas eran puertorriqueños.

En la zona metropolitana de Orlando viven 2,3 millones de personas. Uno de cada cuatro es de origen hispano, y la mitad de los hispanos son puertorriqueños (cerca de 320.000), según el censo estadounidense.

Se espera que miles de personas se congreguen en torno al lago Eola, en el centro de Orlando, en una vigilia que comenzará a las 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. en Perú).

En la ceremonia se leerán los nombres de las víctimas y actuarán la cantante puertorriqueña Olga Tañón y el Coro Gay de Orlando.

Más tarde, a las 10:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. en Perú), se cerrará el día de homenajes con otra ceremonia frente al Pulse.

Terapeutas del Centro de Asistencia Orlando Unido, identificados con camisetas amarillas, proveen asistencia psicológica en los multitudinarios homenajes. También se están desplegando perros terapéuticos, adiestrados para dar consuelo.

Fuente: AFP

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