As you can imagine, the gay community of Central Florida is still reeling in shock over the fatal shooting of 50 young GLBT people early Sunday at the Pulse nightclub in downtown Orlando. Although none of the victims were from the Daytona area, the non-stop news coverage has left in us the feeling that we knew them personally. Daytona will have a citywide prayer service on Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. New Church Family will be taking part. President Obama is scheduled to pay a visit to Orlando sometime on Thursday to meet with survivors and family members.
Despite the intense news coverage, there are still many details about the shooter’s background and possible motive that have not yet been nailed down. The Orlando Sentinel reported today that Omar Mateen may have visited the club at least a dozen times prior to Sunday. Was this just to “case the joint” or might he have been a closet case struggling with internalized homophobia? Stay tuned.