On Sunday 12th June 2016, the world heard the news that at least 50 innocent people were killed in America’s worst mass shooting in US history, and America’s worst terrorist incident since 9/11.This incident has highlighted the debate about gun laws in the United States, but that is not the topic of this article. The topic is to pay tribute to the victims and their families, as well as show how the world has payed tribute to Orlando.Since the attacks people all over the world have paid tribute. With tributes trending on social media showing respect for the victims, their loved ones and the LGBT community.Since the attack tributes have came in from all over the United States and the world.
The President of the United States Barack Obama condemned the attack as “an act of terror and hate” and made a tribute to the victims during a statement at the White House.
“As Americans we grieve this brutal, horrific massacre of dozens of innocent people.”
“We stand with the people of Orlando who have endured a terrible attack on their city.”
“This is an especially heartbreaking day for all of our friends and fellow Americans who are lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual. “
The President also offered a message of hope in this tribute.
“In the face of hate and violence we will love one another, we will not give in to fear, we will stand united… may God bless the Americans that we lost this morning… say a prayer for them and say a prayer for their families… No act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans.”
Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both condemned the attacks and offered tributes to the victims and their families.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has offered tributes to the victims.
The Mayor of Orlando Buddy Dyer and Florida State Governor Rick Scott have appeared on News Media and on Twitter condemning the attacks, paying tribute to the families and thanking local law enforcement and emergency responders for their help.
Governor Scott has called for a national moment of silence at 6:00pm to honour the victims.
Many celebrities in the US have also shown their support for victims. Including Ellen DeGeneres and Josh Groban.
Political Leaders in the United Kingdom have also shown their respect, including the Prime Minister David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and the Mayor of London.
The leaders of Scotland’s top Political Parties also offered condolences to the victims and their families. Two of these leaders are part of the LGBT community.There have been many tributes from across the world about this event offering the deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims.The Chief of the Halton Regional Police Service (Ontario, Canada) Steve Tanner also called for a moment of silence within the HRPS to show a sign of respect for the victims and the Orlando Police Department.
We have seen people come together in this. The Chief of the Orlando Police Department thanked the local community in a press conference for opening their doors and offering support.
Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to the victims of this tragic attack.Our deepest sympathies and condolences go to their families, friends and loved ones.All our messages of hope and solidarity go to the people of the City of Orlando, Orange County, The State of Florida, the LGBT Community and the United States of America.