ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) – Thursday marked another difficult and emotional day for the City of Orlando. The community continues to grieve.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Orlando Thursday to comfort victims of the nightclub attack and their families.
Obama and Biden spent hours with survivors, first responders, doctors, nurses, families who lost loved ones and those who were injured in the massacre. They stood in solidarity with those affected by the shootings, which left 49 dead and 53 injured.
The president listened to family members whose lives have been changed forever. With so many mass shootings in the United States in recent years, the Commander in Chief has essentially become the consoler in chief.
“Through their pain and through their tears, they talked about the joy that their loved ones had brought to their lives,” President Obama said after the visit.
President Obama quoted one doctor he heard during his visit with the families. The doctor, according to Obama, said, “After the worst of humanity reared its evil head, the best of humanity came roaring back.”
“You cannot describe that emotional moment,” recalled Vincent Villifane DeJesus, who was in the room with Obama and Biden. “Everybody was together and when the vice president hugged my Ida. He said, ‘You are not alone.’”
The pain was so unbearable that Ida passed out as she grieved the loss of the DeJesus’ nephew, Frankie Jimmy DeJesus.
The first of 49 funerals took place Thursday. The City of Orlando has offered free burial plots in a city-owned cemetery.