The public can come visit the altar until 6 pm tonight.
To mark the two years that have passed since the shooting massacre that occurred at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016, Latino Services at The San Diego LGBT Community Center is hosting an altar honoring the victims. The public is welcome to visit the altar through 6 pm today.
At the time, the mass shooting was the largest in U.S. history, taking 49 lives and injuring dozens more. The tragedy struck the LGBT community particularly hard as Pulse was a gay nightclub. The shooting occurred during the nightclub’s Latino night, and the majority of the victims were LGBT people of color.
The shooter was Omar Mateen, a 29-year old security guard who was shot and killed by Orlando police officers after a 3-hour standoff.
Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse, created the onePULSE foundation and has plans to turn the site of the now-closed nightclub into a memorial and museum.
In San Diego, a large rally and vigil that attracted thousands of people to The Center occurred two days after the shooting, with a one-year commemoration ceremony happening last year. The altar that was erected for today’s commemoration includes the photos and names of the 49 victims.
Latino Services at The Center is located at 3909 Centre St., lower level, in Hillcrest.
For more information call 619-692-2077.