Community comes together to remember Pulse Nightclub shooting (includes video story)

On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed in the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando. Eight years later, survivors, family members and the community gathered to remember the victims.

Many joined Joshua Hernandez, a survivor who was shot twice that night. However, Hernandez and others in the community are disappointed in the lack of a permanent memorial site.

“I feel sad because we don’t have nothing yet. And now it’s going to be eight years,” said Hernandez.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has promised to build a permanent memorial by 2026. Hernandez has helped throughout the process.

Gabriela Jelisse Fuentes Villafañe was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to the United States when she was 12 years old. She is currently majoring in Broadcast Journalism, concentrating in Spanish. She hopes to be part of big Latino TV channels like Univision or Telemundo.