BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - June 12, 2016 shook the LGBTQ community after 49 people were shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Now, three years later, locals and members of the LGBTQ community are making sure those who lost their lives are never forgotten. (WJHG/WECP)
Now, three years later, locals and members of the LGBTQ community are making sure those who lost their lives are never forgotten.
Heather Ogilvie of the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Team said,
"Sometimes when we forget we let time run away with us. Things change and people come onto the scene who don't remember and we do the same thing all over again. We need to make sure somehow we stop this."
Members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Panama City and other community members planted flags Wednesday to honor all who were killed or injured during the shooting.
One of those killed, Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, worked and danced at Splash Bar in Panama City Beach. His loss still hits home.
Larry Lassiter, the Co-owner of Splash Bar said, "He was a great employee, he had a five-year-old son, just keep his memory alive for his son and his mom and all his family and friends down in Orlando."
The bar honored Emmanuel Wednesday night and will honor all the victims to wrap up Pride Month with a moment of silence at 2:02 a.m. on June 22, which is the time when the first shots were fired at Pulse.
William Shurbutt, the event coordinator for the LGBTQ Center said, "Emmanuel was a friend of the bar, he was part of their family."
Out of the darkness, comes light, and members of the LGBTQ community say they're moving forward together.
Shurbutt said, "Some people they do feel fear, but they're learning to not be afraid because they see their brothers and sisters around them that are standing up and taking a charge."
Forty-nine lives lost and 49 lives forever remembered.
While June is a month of celebration for the LGBTQ community, June 12 will always be a day of remembrance.
Shurbutt added, "We will not be controlled anymore. You've got to take away the fear so that we can keep going forward."
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