After the shock of the event, now the aftermath. We learn more about the tragic victims of the Islamic terror attack in Orlando and the terrifying last moments they faced as the shooting began.
From the Daily Mail,“This Snapchat video purportedly shows the horrifying moment gunshots rang out inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando as terrorist Omar Mateen carried out his massacre.
Amanda Alvear, 25, shared the footage with friends on Snapchat. Clutching her face and looking fearful, she whispers ‘shooting’ then turns and the video cuts. Footage shows a close-up of a woman, who appears to say the word ‘shooting’ before several loud bangs are heard.”
But in the final clip on her profile, the night turns into a horror scene. Amanda tries to explain to the camera what is happening as gunshots blast in the background.
On Monday, Amanda was confirmed as one of the 49 people killed in the worst mass shooting in US history.
Amanda Alvear, 25, shared the footage with friends on Snapchat.During the night she had posted a series of upbeat videos that showed her friends dancing to Latin music.
Clutching her face and looking fearful, she whispers ‘shooting’ then turns and the video cuts.
Footage shows a close-up of a woman, who appears to say the word ‘shooting’ before several loud bangs are heard.”
In the brief video clip, the woman, said to be Alvear by the man who posted the video online, has a look of uncertainty on her face and looks around before the recording ends.
It could be the first video to emerge from within the nightclub when the mass shooting began.
Mateen killed 50 people and wounded more than 50 others after he opened fire inside and outside the gay club early Sunday morning.
Doctors now fear the death toll will rise as the those who were wounded battle life-threatening injuries. At a press conference on Monday, Orlando Police Department (OPD) confirmed the total death toll of 50 includes 49 victims plus the shooter. Forty-eight of 49 victims have been identified by authorities and 24 next of kin have been notified.
We pray for the families and victims. No doubt more harrowing stories will emerge from the survivors of this despicable attack. Let us also pray this scene is never replayed again…
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]