6:10 p.m. UPDATE: Author J.K. Rowling sent a floral arrangement to the funeral of one of the Orlando shooting victims.
Luis Velma (22 years old) worked at Universal Studios Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He was among 49 victims of Omar Mateen’s shooting rampage at the Pulse nightclub in early Sunday.
4:20 PM UPDATE: A Palm Beach County church has named the gunman in honor of Orlando’s mass shooting.
As a memorial to the 50 victims of Pulse, candles were lit in front of the podium at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Wellington on Sunday.
Mary Nesmith, interim pastor at the church on Forest Hill Boulevard stated that “we have a candle lit in memory of Omar.” Authorities say Omar Mateen was responsible for the deaths of 49 victims in Orlando’s nightclub. “Jesus commands that you pray for those who persecute.”
UPDATE at 2:30 PM: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynn stated Sunday on several news programs that the partial transcripts of Orlando nightclub shooter’s phone calls with hostage negotiators would be released Monday. She will also be traveling to Orlando Tuesday.
Lynch said that they would release a partial transcript from the phone calls between the killers and hostage negotiators to allow people to see the interaction that took place. Lynch spoke on ABC News’ This Week Sunday morning. Lynch said that the partial transcript will not be broadcasting Lynch’s pledges of allegiance. We don’t want to re-victimize anyone who has been through that horror.”
Lynch stated that she would travel to Orlando for an “on the ground briefing” regarding the investigation. She spoke to ABC News.
Lynch stated that Lynch would be meeting with victims, first responders, and discussing how we will support them and their operations. Lynch said that more information will be released as soon as it becomes available about the investigation.
Lynch stated that her office is reviewing the case and determining if there are any improvements. This was in response to reports that Omar Mateen had been under FBI scrutiny twice.
Lynch stated, “You know that this is an ongoing investigation.” “We will go back and scrub every contact we had to this killer. We are also asking for people to provide contact information regarding this killer.
She stated that the Justice Department’s goal is to prevent further attacks such as Orlando and San Bernardino where two suspects shot and killed 14 and injured 17 people at a holiday party held in the California city of December 2015.
Lynch stated, “As you see from this investigation we are going back to learning everything about this killer, his contacts, people who may be familiar with him or have seen him. We’re trying build that profile so we can move forward.”
UPDATE AT 1:40 PM: Donald Trump, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, said that the United States should seriously consider profiling Muslims.
Face the Nation, CBS: He said that profiling was something that must be looked at. It’s not the worst thing you can do.
After Omar Mateen’s massacre in Orlando, 49 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in American history, the presidential nominee has stepped up his efforts to stop terrorism.
1 PM UPDATE
WSVN reported that police anticipated between 20,000 to 30,000 people attending the Wilton Manors Stonewall Festival & Parade.
Many of those in the parade carried signs that listed the names and addresses of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12.
ORIGINAL STORY – Two Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies were reportedly hurt Saturday by an impatient driver who cut through a funeral procession in honor of a Pulse victim.
According to WFTV, the driver pulled out and struck the deputies at North Central and West Donegan avenues about 11:45 am Saturday.
Field Sutton, WFTV’s Twitter account, said that the accident occurred during Jean Carlos Mendez Perez’s funeral procession.
Both deputies are believed to be in stable condition. State troopers do not believe that the incident was intentionally.
UPDATED: The Orlando Sentinel reports that one of the victims in Sunday’s mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando has been named an honorary firefighter.
According to the Sentinel, Cory James Connell was 21 years old and wanted to become a firefighter. Today, Connell was officially proclaimed a member of Orlando Fire Department at a memorial service.
UPDATE: West Palm Beach musician, who sustained serious injuries after being struck by debris on I-95, has raised funds to help victims and survivors from the Pulse nightclub shooting.
WPTV’s news partners, Holden Amory (22), performed Friday night at Harry’s Coffee Lounge, Northwood, West Palm Beach.
The event raised funds for non-profits that help victims of the shooting which resulted in 49 deaths and 53 injuries.
WPTV reports that Amory contributed $200 to the $200 raised.