President Obama To Pay Respects To Orlando Shooting Victims And Families

President Barack Obama will visit Orlando Thursday to pay his respects to the victims of the nightclub mass shooting. The White House did not provide any details on the upcoming trip. President Obama canceled a campaign event with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The announcement was made following a vigil that was held in Orlando for the victims Monday evening. Thousands gathered to stand in solidarity with the community. A makeshift memorial was created where supporters left flowers, pictures, and candles in honor of their loved ones.

They held burning candles aloft in tearful silence as the single church bell tolled, the pauses between chimes just long enough to dull the anticipation of the next. For nearly five minutes the bell atop Orlando’s First United Methodist Church rang 49 times, the echoes reverberating across the plaza across from city hall. Each represented one of the 49 lives lost early Sunday morning when a hate-filled gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub one mile away. Yesterday, nearly 10,000 people filled the square in downtown Orlando in the searing evening heat to mourn those lost and pray for the injured. Local political, law enforcement and faith leaders joined with Latino and LGBT leaders to try to begin the healing process after the worst mass shooting in American history. Read the full report by TIME’s Zeke J. Miller (@zekejmiller) on Photograph by John Taggart—EPA. #PrayforOrlando #PrayersForOrlando #OrlandoUnited

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