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State politicians are jockeying for position before the August primaries. Pulse nightclub first responders are still struggling with PTSD more than two years after the mass shooting that killed 49 people. We take a deeper dive into these stories on this week’s Florida Matters monthly news roundtable.


It’s now been two years after the Pulse nightclub mass shooting that left 49 people dead in Orlando. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says it’s time Congress acts on bipartisan gun reform legislation.

On the morning of June 12, 2016, police officer Omar Delgado pulled his cruiser up to his two-story townhome in Sanford and sat in silence for 15 minutes, trying to process what he had seen during 3 1/2 hours inside the Pulse nightclub.

Catherine Welch, WMFE

A jury has been chosen in the trial of the widow of the man who shot and killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Florida.

The owner of Pulse says it’s “unimaginable” a mass shooting of greater scope has taken place in Las Vegas.

Barbara Poma is calling for prayers for the dead and also for the wounded and hundreds of others affected by the massacre.

She also is demanding more work to stop such crimes.

“Finding words to convey the depth of horror we are all witnessing in Las Vegas is just impossible,” she says in a statement.

Officials from other national memorials will be on a panel during the first public meeting to discuss what should be in a memorial to the victims of the Florida nightclub massacre.

Authorities investigating the wife of a man who massacred Florida nightclub patrons have seized three computers, cellphones, an IPad and a Facebook account as evidence.

An Orlando police officer with post-traumatic stress disorder from the Pulse nightclub shooting gets his last paycheck today.

 

A Pulse first responder will receive his final paycheck next Thursday after post-traumatic stress disorder has left him out of work for about a year.  

Gerry Realin spent four hours taking care of the dead at Pulse.

His wife Jessica says he went on disability and then was paid through a city crime prevention fund, but now the family has been told his sick and vacation time are gone.

“I’ve been wondering, What is really Orlando United? Is it the victims? Is it the survivors? Is it our community? What does that really mean?”

The attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando helped drive up Florida's murder rate in 2016 to its highest level since 2008, according to crime statistics released Wednesday by the state's top law enforcement agency.

WMFE

A Pulse remembrance ceremony drew thousands of people to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando on Monday night. Among them were survivors of the shooting, as well as their loved ones. 

Life After Pulse: A Special Report

Jun 12, 2017

Health News Florida partner station WMFE in Orlando has produced an in-depth series for the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The coverage focuses on the stories of the people: people who survived and how they are moving forward; people who were lost and how they are remembered; and people – in the Orlando community and around the globe – who were moved to respond in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Health News Florida partner station WMFE in Orlando has produced an in-depth series for the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The following is an excerpt from that series.

After Pulse, An LGBTQ Effort For Gun Control

Jun 8, 2017

The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence says it has raised $125,000 in the year after the Pulse mass shooting, the deadliest in modern American history.

Post Pulse ORMC To Make Interpreters More Visible

Jun 5, 2017

Orlando Regional Medical Center has more Spanish interpreters today than it did during the Pulse tragedy nearly a year ago. ORMC has 71 Spanish interpreters now, up from 57 last year.

A handful of Pulse survivors have teamed up with One Blood to promote blood donations.

One Blood says it took 441 units to treat Pulse victims.

Jeff Xavier is one of them. He was shot four times and needed more than 40 units of blood.

“The people helped save us. These are random people, I don’t know who those 40 plus people are,” said Xavier. “And they’re all from different races, nationalities and backgrounds, and a little bit of each of them is the reason why I’m here speaking with you today.”

The OneOrlando Fund for Pulse victims’ families and survivors is officially closed and no longer accepting donations.

A second distribution of more than $2 million in payments rolls out this week. The fund has paid out about $31 million overall.

People who want to continue donating to those affected by the Pulse tragedy can contribute to the Contigo Fund and the Central Florida Foundation—Better Together Fund. Spokesperson Rachel Calderon said that fund has raised a little more than $1 million to date.

Pulse victims and family members are taking legal action against the security firm that employed the gunman in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

Dozens of victims and family members plan on filing a complaint Wednesday in federal court against G4S Security Solutions.

They allege the security firm failed to report changes in Omar Mateen’s mental health and seize his weapon before the nightclub shooting that left 49 dead last June.

Wife Of Pulse Gunman Arrested In California

Jan 16, 2017
Catherine Welch / WMFE

Authorities have arrested the wife of the gunman in the Pulse nightclub shooting. Noor Salman was arrested in California.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement that the FBI took Salman into custody on charges of Aiding and Abetting by providing material support to a terrorist organization and Obstruction of Justice.

The father of the Orlando gay nightclub shooter was spotted at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in central Florida.

The gunman who killed 49 patrons at a gay nightclub in Orlando was hit by at least eight bullets as he died in a shoot-out with a SWAT team.

Bilingual Counselors In High Demand In Orlando Post Pulse

Jun 23, 2016

Bilingual therapists are on standby for people in need of grief counseling following the Pulse massacre.

Hispanic Family Counseling has been busy counseling survivors and others affected, free of charge. The organization has 25 therapists that speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Creole and French … and the group is adding staff.

  Orlando Regional Medical Center got 44 patients from the Pulse night club shooting.

It’s a Level 1 Trauma Center, and medical staff there were pushed to the limit as they dealt with the onslaught of patients coming from the Pulse nightclub shooting that happened just three blocks away. Medical staff and patients recounted the events of early Sunday morning.

On Sunday morning, a gunman at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla., perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. He killed 49 people and injured more than 50.

The city of Orlando has released the names of the identified victims, after notifying their next of kin.