Prayers for Orlando, Florida

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Prayers to all the victims and their families of the Orlando shooting this morning.

The BBC understands the name of the suspect was Omar Mateen, aged 29.

Police called the shooting an act of terrorism, but said they did not know if it was domestic or international.

It is believed that the suspect was not on a terrorism watch list, although he was currently being investigated for an unrelated criminal act.

Relatives have been gathering at local hospitals desperate for news of their loved ones.

http://www.bbc.com/news/36510272

I appreciate that political leaders are refraining from jumping onto their opinions on the media before hearing the facts from investigators, because they definitely have an influence to how we as a nation react to this tragedy. So many people are already jumping to conclusion about how this is a “Gun Issue” or “Terrorist Issue” on Twitter, Facebook, etc.  This is not a time to place the blame on “lack of gun control” or using it as an opportunity to blame religion or any other theory to support personal political views.

I am impressed about how the citizens of Florida and particularly the city of Orlando going out of their way to do what they can to help the victims and their family by going to the local blood banks and donating blood.

What you can do to help Orlando:
Donate Blood
There is a particular need for O Negative, O Positive, and AB blood types. They are asking that people not go to local hospitals but go straight to blood banks

Provide Counseling
They are currently needing counselors to help with the hotline for victims and their families. Those who need counseling can call 1-407-228-1446 also

The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida also are offering counseling/support at 942 N. Mills Avenue.

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3 thoughts on “Prayers for Orlando, Florida

  1. I know I am late, but it was truly horrible what happened there. As someone from the LGBT community myself it’s rather frightening that there are still people who think that people of the LGBT should be killed. Wasn’t the shooter gay himself or something? Or was that a lie just so he could map out the place :@ I felt bad for my friend, as he lives so close to the shooting, luckily he is safe, though I can’t say that for the poor victims of the attack 😦 RIP

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  2. Things like this are becoming more and more common, as much as I hate to admit it. It’s getting to the point that you can even leave your house anymore to go watch a movie without some one shooting up the place. Now, there might be some people out there with an agenda, but unfortunately I think that there’s a dangerous trend going on. These people that are committing these horrible acts are doing this in order to 1) gain fame for themselves and 2) trying to out-do the other people that have attempted this before. I’m so sick of hate this and hate that…we need to stop the hate.

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  3. We’re quite lucky here in the UK, because we never hear anything about this quite often. But over there in the states it’s really dangerous, stuff like this is why I’ll never move to America. Why on earth are these people doing this? All they’re doing is to try and get attention and they do, but in a horrendous way. They have caused tremendous pain to their victims and to their family. Things like this need to stop, because it’s horrible and disgusting. I wouldn’t even be safe over there, if there was 30 or 40 cops near my house, because I’m pretty sure the cops over there aren’t really good and I have heard a lot of bad things about them. I’m so glad that the people are helping the victims and their families.

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