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MTV's special episode of 'True Life' follows four Pulse survivor stories

"True Life: We Are Orlando” pays tribute to the innocent victims of Orlando.
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MTV’s “True Life” series will feature four of the survivors involved in the Pulse nightclub massacre.

In a first for the cable channel, they will utilize their social media venues: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat Discover and Tumblr, to air a digital docuseries leading up to the premiere of “True Life: We Are Orlando” on Monday August 15.

This special episode will be available for free on the MTV app, MTV.com, MTV On Demand and on iTunes.

MTV will also honor the 49 innocent lives lost in the Orlando attacks with a tribute featuring the collaborative song “Hands” featuring pop idols P!nk, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor to name a few.

In utilizing this dual media broadcast technique, MTV will make available extra interviews from other survivors, their families and the heroes who came to the aid of so many affected by the tragedy.

These interviews will only be available online and not included in the MTV television broadcast, and will feature the following people:

Brett and his partner Frank were standing at the bar with friends when the shots started. Brett hit the floor and crawled behind the bar as bullets whizzed by, one shot grazing him in the arm, but he lost track of Frank.

Rigas and Frank's family later checked the crisis center and found there was no record of Frank at any of the hospitals, confirming Frank did not survive long enough to receive treatment.

According to Brett, Frank was shot eight times in the face.

Natalia and her wife, Mallerie: The couple went to Pulse and met Natalia's sister, Yilmary Rodriguz Solivan. When the shooting began, Natalia and Mallerie were on the porch and managed to escape, but Yilmary was inside with her brother-in-law, and was shot.

It wasn't until Tuesday at 10 AM (3 days later) that Natalia and her family were informed that Yilmary was one of the victims who died. Yilmary was married and a mother of a 7-year-old, and the family is overwhelmed trying to cope with the loss.

Jason: He was on his way to pick up his friend, Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, from Pulse when the gunshots started. He was prevented from running inside by police, and waited 17 hours before learning that Xavier was killed.

Jason had feelings for Xavier and is now resolved to help their mutual friend Wilma raise the son that Xavier left behind. 

Angel: Angel was in the main room when the shooting began. He was shot 3 times in the leg, and suffered a broken femur due to being trampled.

He received additional gunshot wounds in the hand and hip. Angel was with 2 friends who also survived, but lost others including Shane Tomlinson. Angel is currently rehabbing, but he can't work for months, and was made subject of a video claiming Angel was an "actor" and that the shooting was a hoax. Angel reconnects with Tony Marrero in the episode, six weeks after they endured the horror together on the floor of the club.

Milan: Milan was performing at Pulse, just like every other Saturday night. At 1:57 he left the stage and went to dressing room, when the shots began. While hiding in the dressing room, they heard shots, people panicking, crying, phones going off, and the shooter yelling, while Milan tried to look out for his coworkers whom he considered himself responsible for. 

They were eventually rescued by SWAT, but Pulse was like Milan’s home, and he lost 7 people that night.

On Monday, “True Life: We Are Orlando” will go even deeper in depth of the tragedy, featuring survivors Tony Marrero, Patience Carter, Tiara Parker and Joshua McGill. 

These emotional tributes are reminders of the people from all walks of life that were taken so tragically that night. It also honors those who survived and the people who risked their lives to save as many people as they could. 

For a trailer of “True Life: We Are Orlando” click HERE.

To see the first videos in the “True Life: We Are Orlando” digital series click HERE.

"True Life: We Are Orlando" premieres on MTV on Monday, August 15th at 8/7c.

MTV’s “True Life” debuted in 1998. The series has gone on to win a Daytime Emmy Award, a GLAAD Media Award, a NAACP Image Award and a Prism Award.