Following the tragic Orlando gay club massacre, thousands of people attended vigils to honor the departed. Throughout the nation, the scene is the same, with mourners upset, teary-eyed and outraged.
One such person who had trouble controlling his emotions was Anderson Cooper. Reporting live on CNN on June 13, Cooper was standing only a block away from Pulse, the gay club where the shooting took place.
Cooper who himself came out as gay nearly four years ago, said that instead of talking about the gunman, he wanted to “keep the focus where we think it belongs, on the people whose lives were cut short.”
“They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved. They are people who had family, and friends and dreams.”
Cooper then went on to announce the list of names of the departed and as he gave a brief background of each victim, his voice broke up.
It is difficult to even imagine how hard it was for Cooper to keep it together during this time.
“Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, a friend says he was always willing to help everybody and sacrificed a lot for his family. He was 36,” he said.
Announcing the last few names of the victims, Cooper looked considerably upset and desperately tried to hold back his tears.
“I think it’s important that you hear their names,” Cooper said.
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