To Grieve Perchance to Heal

On this day

And for all the tomorrows to come

May we remember, honor, celebrate the lives lost

at Pulse nightclub

in Orlando, Florida

June 12th, in the wee hours of the night


These innocents committed no crime

They crossed no line

They incited no violence


They were attacked, wounded, terrorized and killed

For being gay

For being out at a nightclub and being gay


Dancing while Gay and Lesbian and Bi and Trans

They were gunned down, these innocents

The violence that ended their lives

Is a violence we experience all too frequently here.


So, in memory of these innocent victims,

Let us name each of them and provide them a moment of silence


Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old


Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old


Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old


Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old


Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old


Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old


Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old


Kimberly Morris, 37 years old


Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old


Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old


Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old


Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old


Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old


Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old


Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old


Amanda Alvear, 25 years old


Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old


Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old


Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old


Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old


Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old


Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old


Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old


Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old


Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old


Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old


Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old


Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old


Cory James Connell, 21 years old


Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old


Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old


Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old


Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old


Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old


Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old


Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old


Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old


Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old


Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old


Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old


Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24 years old


Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old


Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old


Frank Hernandez, 27 years old


Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old


Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old


Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz 24 years old


And lest we forget those who have yet to be identified 

And those who are wounded and recovering

Who will suffer with PTSD and anxiety

From this terrifying occurrance


Grieve, America


Let the tears flow

The rage let go

The sadness wash over you

Let the grief through


And then, once you do

You are beginning to heal

To feel yourself on the ground again

To feel like a real whole human

Not to forget this horrific event

But to move forward from it with a renewed sense of purpose


This is the process we all must go through

For our community

For our family

For our fallen siblings

For me and for you

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