Officials honor Pulse victims, move 49 crosses to history center

Orlando Sentinel

Mayra Alvear picked up the first cross, the one bearing the name of her daughter, Amanda.

Amanda was one of 49 people killed one month ago at Pulse, the Orlando nightclub where a gunman opened fire in the middle of the dance floor.

Her cross was like the other 48: white, 3-feet high with a big red heart near its base and a photo of a victim at its base.

What made hers different was what made each unique: The messages left by well wishers.

“I never knew you but I love you,” someone wrote on Amanda’s.

On Tuesday, family, volunteers and public officials helped move those 49 crosses from Orlando Regional Medical Center to the Orange County Regional History Museum.