Orlando Coping With 3 Tragic Events

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When you think of Orlando, FL, one of the first things that come to mind is probably Disney World, one of the happiest places on earth. Within days that image has been slightly tarnished by the horrific events that recently took place.

In the past five days, the Orlando area has suffered a trio of horrific events: The slaying of young singing sensation, Christina Grimmie, contestant from season six of “The Voice”. A deadline mass shooting at Pulse nightclub that left 49 people dead. The disappearance of a 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney hotel.

CHRISTINA GRIMMIE FATAL SHOOTING

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Two days before the nightclub massacre, singer Christina Grimmie, 22, who rose to stardom on YouTube and then on the NBC TV show “The Voice,” died from a gunshot wound late Friday. She was signing autographs for fans after performing at The Plaza Live theater in Orlando when Kevin James Loibl, of St. Petersburg, Florida, approached and opened fire according to Orlando police.

Loibl fatally shot himself after the singer’s brother, Marcus Grimmie, tackled him, possibly saving the 120 other people that were in attendance police said.

THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING RAMPAGE

How do you go from “having the time of your lives to having the worst night of our lives in a matter of minutes”?

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That’s exactly what clubgoers at Pulse experienced over the weekend when Omar Mateen, 29, went on a shooting rampage inside the popular gay nightclub in Orlando. The shooting left 49 people dead and 53 wounded, Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department said.

The entire tragedy took place while he talked by phone to law enforcement officials, claimed allegiance to the Islamic State and praised the Boston Marathon bombers, officials said on Monday.

Could this have been prevented? 
Mateen first came on the FBI’s radar three years ago when he made “inflammatory comments to co-workers alleging possible terrorist ties,” Assistant Special Agent Ronald Hopper said. But investigators “were unable to verify the substance of his comments,” he said. In 2014, the FBI interviewed him again over possible connections with Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, a Florida man who became the first-known American suicide bomber in Syria.
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The community came together and showed its support not just through donations and vigils, but with blood. Thousands of Floridians stood in line for up to three hours to give blood to help wounded survivors. By Monday, more than 13,000 units of blood were collected, the One Blood organization said.
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If the gunman who terrorized the Pulse gay nightclub early Sunday was trying to intimidate Orlando’s gay community, he did exactly the opposite. The club vows to reopen.

THE DISNEY GATOR ATTACK

An alligator dragged a 2-year-old boy into the water Tuesday night from the edge of a lagoon at a Walt Disney hotel near Orlando. Witnesses, including the boy’s parents, desperately tried to save him. His father jumped in and tried to pry the gator’s mouth open. His mother jumped in, too.
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The lagoon is connected to a series of canals that feed into large bodies of water, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley.

Wednesday morning, Disney announced it had closed all beaches in its resort area “out of an abundance of caution” following the attack near the Grand Floridian hotel, a Disney representative said.

There’s no telling if these tragic events will impact Disney’s theme park business or when the city as a whole will get back to being known as ‘The City Beautiful‘.

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