CNY community remembers victims of Pulse Nightclub shooting
SYRACUSE, N.Y.---One by one they read the names and ages of each person killed in the massacre at Pulse Nightclub last year.
As names were called out, a picture of each victim was raised.
Bob Forbes is the President of CNY Pride. To him, this is personal.
"One of the gentleman I did know, and it's important because it affects all of us. Last year it happened the night of the kickoff of our events," said Forbes.
"It's great to see our community really does recognize that everyone has a human right," continued Forbes.
Jaclyn Schildkraut is a researcher specializing in mass-shootings, but she's also from Orlando.
"Last year hit me especially hard, you know I've always been able to have an element of separation to my research and when it happens in your own community it really sort of changes the game,"explained Schildkraut.
She came in support of the memorial, and to remind people that 49 isn't just a number.
"Especially doing the research that I do I try not to think of them as a number they're individuals that you know lost their lives in a tragic episode," said Schildkraut.
As Pride Week kicks off in Central New York and across the country, this dark memory is fueling members of the LGBTQ community.
"We celebrate in LGBT history month that this is our time to come out and shine," said Forbes.
Through song they turned a memorial into a hopeful prayer for the future.