ORLANDO – Friends and family members are coming together hoping for answers a day after Pulse nightclub shootings that left at least 50 dead and many more wounded. Orlando police officers are ushering loved ones in to a community center that’s serving as a counseling center for the bereaved.
Bartender Zee Renta, who estimates she knew at least 90 percent of the people in the nightclub Saturday night, came to the center hoping for answers about a who was there that night and who she hasn’t heard from. She knew several of those who have been positively identified as being among the victims.
“We’re suffering right now,” she said. “This is just too much.”
She frequented Pulse but never worked there, but considers its regulars her family.
“We don’t know how to process this,” she said. “We don’t know how to take this.”
Jai Saint came with her to the center, also hoping for answers.
“I started receiving calls on Saturday about 4 a.m.,” he said. “It’s tough. It’s extremely hard to process.”
Together, he and Renta were ushered into the building, where law enforcement officials and faith leaders awaited.