House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mourned the shooting victims at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida, lamenting the fact that the attacks occurred during LGBT pride month.
“We are horrified and heartbroken to see such hate leveled at so many people hoping just to spend a night out dancing,” she said in a statement. “While many questions have yet to be answered, the pain of this attack in a mainstay of the Orlando LGBT community is surely magnified as our nation celebrates LGBT Pride month.”
About 50 people were killed early Sunday morning at the Pulse nightclub by a gunman — who law enforcement identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, a U.S. citizen born to Afghan parents — with connections to radical Islamic terror.
“We will not allow hate and terror to succeed in blinding us with fear,” Pelosi said. “May it be a comfort to the loved ones of those who were killed, and all the people of Orlando, that so many across America are holding them in their thoughts at this terrible time.”