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San Diego remembers those who lost their lives at Pulse

You can stop by the altar from 9 am – 5 pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. 
Photo credit:
Timothy Rawles

To mark the three years that have passed since the shooting massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, Latino Services at The San Diego LGBT Community Center is hosting an altar honoring the victims. The public is welcome to visit the altar through 5 pm today.

The installation, created by San Diego Pride, will contain images of the 49 victims, who are predominately black and brown LGBTQ+ folks. 

At the time, the mass shooting was the largest in U.S. history, taking 49 lives and injuring dozens more. The tragedy struck the LGBT community particularly hard as Pulse was a gay nightclub. The shooting occurred during the nightclub’s Latino night, and the majority of the victims were LGBT people of color.

The shooter was Omar Mateen, a 29-year old security guard who was shot and killed by Orlando police officers after a 3-hour standoff.

Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse, created the onePULSE foundation and has plans to turn the site of the now-closed nightclub into a memorial and museum.

In San Diego, a large rally and vigil that attracted thousands of people to The Center occurred two days after the shooting. Participants marched through the streets of Hillcrest in honor of the victims.

Volunteers will also be at the event to help with voter registration.

You can stop by the altar from 9 am – 5 pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. 

Latino Services at The Center is located at 3909 Centre St., lower level, in Hillcrest.

For more information call 619-692-2077.