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June 12, 2018

Tuesday marks second anniversary of Pulse Nightclub shooting

This is how Philly and other cities are remembering the lost

Carroll - Pulse Nightclub Memorial Peace Sign Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Thousands came to City Hall on Monday, Jun. 13, 2016 to join together in solidarity and to mourn those who died in the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Two years ago today, family members and friends of 49 people were getting phone calls that their loved ones had been shot and killed inside Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. 

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Forty-nine LGBTQ+ individuals fell victim to an active shooter that night — an act of violence that is still racking the queer community with grief and has incensed activists to question lawmakers since this shooting, and so many others, since.

Philly has deemed Tuesday, June 12 "Orlando United Day — A Day of Love and Kindness" to remember those 49.

In Washington, gun control activists organized a 12-minute die-in on Capitol Hill to push for stronger gun control laws — one second for every mass shooting since the Pulse attack. 

The hashtag #HonorThemWithAction was trending on Twitter among rally, protest and memorial participants. And Pulse and Parkland, Fla. school shooting survivors held a die-in at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida this afternoon.

There was an #HonorThemWithAction rally at Orlando City Hall, too.

Last night, hundreds of Philadelphians gathered at the Art Museum steps to take a stand against gun violence. They were calling the event #FillTheSteps. The rally was led by students from Parkway Center City Middle College, families who have lost family members and friends to gun violence and to survivors.