ORLANDO — Floridians and others around the world are remembering the three-year anniversary of a massacre at a gay nightclub on Latin night that left 49 people dead.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation for Wednesday ordering state flags to be lowered to half-staff and asking Floridians to pause a moment to remember the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
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Earlier Wednesday, at 2:02 a.m., dozens of people gathered outside the Pulse nightclub to honor the victims, WFTV reported. The time was the moment the first shot rang out on June 12, 2016.
Survivors said the pain of the attack lingers.
"Many of the friends and family are here reporting to the loved ones we've lost and for the survivors too, many of them are still going through surgery, unfortunately," Pulse survivor Orlando Torres said.
Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani criticized the Republican governor for not mentioning in the proclamation that the attack was on the gay community.
DeSantis later tweeted that the state mourned the loss of life from the attack that "targeted the LGBTQ and Hispanic community, and Florida as a whole."
Gunman Omar Mateen was killed after a three-hour standoff by SWAT team members. He had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
The shooting also wounded 53 people.