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A handful of Pulse survivors have teamed up with One Blood to promote blood donations.

One Blood says it took 441 units to treat Pulse victims.

Jeff Xavier is one of them. He was shot four times and needed more than 40 units of blood.

“The people helped save us. These are random people, I don’t know who those 40 plus people are,” said Xavier. “And they’re all from different races, nationalities and backgrounds, and a little bit of each of them is the reason why I’m here speaking with you today.”

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala has sued Gov. Rick Scott, challenging his ability to remove her from death penalty cases.
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Florida lawmakers are again urging the governor to suspend a prosecutor who won’t pursue the death penalty. But constitutional lawyers argue Aramis Ayala’s actions don’t warrant removal. 

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The OneOrlando Fund for Pulse victims’ families and survivors is officially closed and no longer accepting donations.

A second distribution of more than $2 million in payments rolls out this week. The fund has paid out about $31 million overall.

People who want to continue donating to those affected by the Pulse tragedy can contribute to the Contigo Fund and the Central Florida Foundation—Better Together Fund. Spokesperson Rachel Calderon said that fund has raised a little more than $1 million to date.

Authorities have arrested the niece of a fugitive wanted in two killings, including the shooting of an Orlando police officer.


 

Online court records show that 27-year-old Lakensha Smith-Loyd was arrested Wednesday on a charge of accessory, a day after the fugitive’s supervisor at a fried chicken restaurant was arrested on a similar charge.

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Pastor Wilifred Allen-Faiella looked out into the congregation from the pulpit.

Everyone calls her Pastor Willie.

Her sermon was, in part, about modern-day demons.

“Demons of homophobia,” she preached.  “Demons of seeing anything other as a threat.”

A complicated picture has emerged of 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who opened fire in a gay Orlando nightclub. The attack left 49 dead and dozens more wounded in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Update at 4:30 p.m. ET. Body of 2-year-old is recovered:

Police investigators recovered the body of a 2-year-old boy who was dragged away by an alligator at a Florida resort on Tuesday.

After hours of searching, police located and euthanized several alligators. They eventually found the intact body of Lane Graves.

During a news conference, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the boy was found not far from where he was taken by the alligator. "There's no doubt in my mind that the boy was drowned by the alligator," Demings said.

For anyone wanting to help victims of the Orlando night club shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has activated a state disaster fund to take donations.

Since the mass shooting in Orlando, there has been a huge response from people who want to donate blood. And, while the current blood donations are appreciated, some donation centers say they may need more people to donate next week.

Caleb Collins got called into work. Liz Robles couldn't find a baby sitter. Neveah Heart just decided to stay in that night.

Early Sunday morning, a gunman sprayed bullets across a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., killing 49, and the city woke up to the horror of a terrorism-inspired attack on their community. Among the dozens who gathered near Pulse nightclub waiting for word about whether their family members and friends were safe, for some, there was also the sense that they themselves could have just as easily been victims.

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As law enforcement agencies try to piece together  what happened Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, when at least 50 people were gunned down, many in South Florida wonder about security and how to protect themselves and those they love from similar attacks. 

  "Every time there is a pride event, there is that fear that exists, especially since we have seen the passage of marriage equality," says Cindy Brown, Miami-Dade development officer for Equality Florida, the largest LGBTQ rights advocacy group in the state. 

 

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Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and local police spent hours  Sunday going through the apartment of the alleged Orlando shooter, Omar Sadduque Mateen, as well as his parents'  house in Fort Pierce. 

A small gaggle of reporters and TV cameras were parked outside the police tape in front of the apartment complex in Fort Pierce where Mateen allegedly lived. The FBI and local police were on the scene, but neither could confirm anything about the investigation.

Orlando Nightclub Shooting: How to Help

Jun 12, 2016
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A shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando has left 50 dead and more injured, reported to be the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Sunday morning.

There are a number of opportunities in South Florida to support the victims and their families.

Attend a vigil

STEVE NESIUS / Reuters

Fifty people died -including the gunman- and another 53 were injured when a man opened fire and seized hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, according to authorities. 

Authorities in Orlando started to release the names of the first casualties of the deadly attack on The Pulse nightclub: Edward Sotomayor Jr., Stanley Almodovar III, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo and Juan Ramon Guerrero. More names will be released in the next hours. 

A gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning, killing at least 50 people in the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history before being shot dead by police.

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