June 12, 2016 fell on a Sunday. Today, one year later, the Orlando Sentinel is looking back to, and forward from, that horrible day with a special 16-page print section and online coverage that is out in front of the paywall.
Reporter Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio documents how the tragedy reverberated across Puerto Rico, where a monument in honor of the victims–23 of the 49 killed were from the island–was built in four days. A short story about each of the 49 lost souls makes up a touching remembrance. For example, the father of Oscar A. Aracena-Montero now sports a tattoo over his heart of the face of his oldest, then 26-year-old son.
From the editors’ note:
It is rare for us to turn over all of the home page and A1 of the print newspaper to a single image. We did it the day after the Pulse attack, with a powerful photo of two people hugging above an editorial, “Our Community Will Heal.”
We did it again on Sunday, June 16, 2016, when we took the front and back pages of the Orlando Sentinel’s main section to display all the photos of the victims with their names and the words #OrlandoUnited.
As we discussed what should appear today, we knew the victims should be front and center with their names. And we decided to represent their spirit with 49 candles in rainbow colors with the heartbreaking words of one victim’s aunt — “I just wish June 12 never happened.”
On this Sunday, June 11, 2017, the Orlando Sentinel’s efforts, which include tons of companion video pieces, deserve all the clicks and all the love. On Monday, the actual calendar anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shootings, the paper will publish a special editorial.