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Orlando nightclub shooting marks one-year anniversary

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Monday marked one year since a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead and 50 others injured. In honor of the victims, Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal joined LGBTQ and gun violence prevention advocates for a memorial service in Fairfield.

“The main thing is not forgetting what happened and supporting each other,” said Katia Cappozziello, an employee of Trevi Lounge, where the vigil was held.

A number of gay pride events were also held in Orlando and around the country, with many taking time to remember the victims.

Hundreds gathered outside the Florida club to mark the solemn anniversary. The crowd marked the exact time when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside the popular nightclub around 2 a.m. He was later killed by Orlando police.

In Boston, a float carried the names of all 49 victims with about 30 shooting survivors flying in to take part in the remembrance. The names of the victims were read out loud in Minnesota.

June is also National LGBTQ Pride Month and a mural to honor those killed in the shooting was unveiled in Orlando. It will be on display until the end of the month.

The shooting was the worst terror attack in the U.S. since Sept. 11.

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