By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 13, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- With each ring of the bell and reading of the names, the silence lingers. Much like the memories of what happened in Orlando on June 12, 2016.
"People were freaking out. There were people that they knew. I remember one friend specifically saying, 'I go to that place all the time, that could have easily been me,'" said Michelle Gershon.
This shooting, like many other tragedies, closing the gap of separation as millions come together to mourn.
"I was horrified, heartbroken, in a state of shock and unbelief,” said Joe Parramore, a local pastor.
Tuesday marked the two year anniversary since the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Dozens gathered at the steps of the old capitol building to make sure the 49 lives lost are never forgotten.
"All these people hear this community, that's why we're here. It's good to see you all again and to know that even through all the struggles we will be together," said one speaker.
Many people at the rally expressed sadness for what happened and frustration that not enough has been done to make sure it never happens again.
"It's a tragedy that we don't have stronger gun regulations in this state. I think we need to make it clear that we're all tired of having to be afraid of dying from guns," said Gershon.
While many wait for change, they say it's important to keep the light shining; and to honor these victims and others with action.