Nearly a year ago today, 49 beautiful souls left their homes to go have a good time with friends and family, and never made it back home. June 12th marks this day; the 1 year anniversary of The Pulse Tragedy. Most of us Orlando locals were either directly affected by it, or knew someone who was directly affected by it. 

It was a reminder, like 9/11, that terrorism is real. Eerily reminiscent of that day, each one of us can tell you exactly where we were and what we were doing when we got the news. 

#OrlandoUnited A Year Later: Pulse Orlando Then And Now 

As we approach the one-year anniversary of that horrible night, we remember and pay homage to those who lost their lives in the Pulse Tragedy. We celebrate the love and diversity that Central Florida stands behind. We remind all who come into our City Beautiful that despite the evils and hateful perils of the world, love always wins!

We remind every person that amazing and beautiful things can grow from tragedy when we all gather together in kindness and love. June 12th, 2016 was a day that all of the Central Florida community and people from all across the nation banded together in ways never seen before and showed that the power of love can always overcome hate. 

Although those 49 beautiful people are no longer with us, their spirits and stories live on through the survivors. Norman Casiano- Mojica is one of those survivors. Having been shot twice during this horrific event, he still struggles as he heals both physically and mentally. Norman is more than just a Pulse survivor; he is a person, a member of our community, and he has agreed to share his story and life over the past year with us here at

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