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

For DWG

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

Cry

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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