Church bells will toll throughout the Orlando area as residents reflect on the 49 patrons killed during a massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse in the worst mass shooting in recent US history.
Starting in the early hours of Monday, and continuing almost 24 hours later, survivors, victims’ families, city officials and central Florida residents will remember the victims with four services.
The first service is closed to the public, and it’s being held at the nightclub for survivors, local officials and club employees.
A disgruntled former employee at an Orlando, Florida RV accessory business fatally shot five workers Monday morning before turning the gun on himself, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
The shooting was first reported around 8 a.m. at the headquarters for Fiamma, Inc. Once deputies arrived on scene, they found three men and one woman already dead, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said during a press conference.
A fifth man was transported to a nearby hospital where he died, according to Demings.
The Muslim Social and Cultural Foundation chaired by Inshan Ishmael, has joined in condemnation of the mass killings at a gay club in Orlando early Monday morning.
The organisation issued this statement on the matter:
As the world continues to react to the worse mass killing the US has seen in recent history, here are some of the latest reports from around the world on the issue.
Gunman Omar Mateen was "laughing frantically" as he killed several victims hiding in a bathroom stall, according to a Sanford pastor who is friends with one of the survivors.
“He was laughing frantically,” Deyni Ventura, a friend of the mother of the survivor, told the Guardian among other media outlets, “as he was spraying people with his gun.”
President Anthony Carmona is condemning the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
The Office of the President issued this statement today:
"The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago joins with the international community in condemning, in the strongest terms, the slaughter of innocent citizens in Orlando, Florida on Sunday June 12th, 2016. His Excellency President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona O.R.T.T., S.C spoke directly to His Excellency John L Estrada, United States of America’s Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, midday yesterday (Sunday June 12th, 2016).