Take a moment…

Let’s just forget for a moment (or more) all about what’s to blame or who’s to blame or what could’ve been done. Let’s forget about the political statements and those vying for a political stance on this. Let’s just stop with the bickering and the hateful words for now… and mourn.  Many lives were lost in one tragic evening.  We need to mourn.
We as a country need to remember the ones that are no longer with us. Say a prayer, or whatever positive thing you want, for the families and friends that lost someone that night. The list of those identified from the Pulse massacre are below (and will continue to be filled until all are recognized.)  Read those names – they are people.  They are humans just like us.  They deserve to be mourned.  They deserve to be remembered.


If the list is too overwhelming, pick one or two names for the day and focus on him/her.
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Kimberly Morris, 37
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
Amanda Alvear, 25
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
Cory James Connell, 21
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
Luis Daniel Conde, 39
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Frank Hernandez, 27
Paul Terrell Henry, 41
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Then, when you have another moment, hug/kiss your loved ones. Be a beacon of light for them. Show them how much their presence means to you. Don’t let hate or fear be who you are. Be stronger than that. Give love, accept love. Just love.

If you want to give blood:

If you’re local to the area, then you can give at OneBlood as they’re still in need of blood donations for the coming days.

If you want to help financially:

Equality Florida has created a GoFundMe page for the victims and their families.
Planting Peace has created a CrowdRise donation page to help cover funeral and medical costs.

You have a voice on social media:

Be careful with it.  Try to make your voice heard with intelligence and understanding, not anger and vitriol.  There’s enough of that type of talk out there, don’t add to it.   #stopthehate #oneheart #onelove #onepulse #weareone #gaylivesmatter #orlandostrong

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