Story courtesy of our friends at LDS Living.
Omar Mateen, an American who pledged allegiance to ISIS, killed 50 people and wounded at least another 53 when he opened fire in an Orlando nightclub, making this attack the worst terror attack since 9/11 and the deadliest shooting in United States history, according to CNN.
Omar Mateen, who was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, was killed after a three-hour standoff with the police. The shooting occurred at 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 12.
As a result of this horrific attack, many across the country have stepped forward to offer aid and sympathy, including Orlando residents willing to donate blood to help those injured.
The Church recently released this statement, expressing their shock as well as their love, prayers, and sympathy:
“With the rest of the nation, we mourn the tragic loss of life and serious injuries that occurred in Orlando this morning. We pray for the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless shooting and pray they will be comforted and cared for as they seek to heal. Our prayers and support are also with community leaders and law enforcement officials as they continue to investigate this shocking crime.”