Family, friends gather to grieve Orlando shooting victims

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WUSA9) -- While investigators sift through the rubble of so many lives, and grief counselors embrace the families of those lost, others in the community are in mourning too.

They’re bringing flowers and photographs to a local center for the performing arts.

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Orlando is adrift in a sea of grief.

“Every nationality, people are treated with love and kindness from God. And to have somebody come in and blow them away,” Alma Myers said. “It’s unbelievable.”

Everyone here is struggling to make sense of something that doesn’t.

“It’s very common to expect someone to be really okay one second and then to completely collapse the next,” Dr. Tricia Gagne said.

Friends of the Pulse nightclub victims and complete strangers stood side by side, united in their sorrow.

“It don’t matter whether if it was gay or black or white, it’s just 50 people out of our community that’s taken away from us,” Chaunce Johnson said.

A vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, so the community can come together and start to heal.