Prior to Sunday’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the SAP Center in San Jose held a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting this weekend. Less than 24 hours before puck drop, a horrific massacre at the LGBT nightclub in Orlando left more than 50 people dead early Sunday morning, making it the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.
Fans in the building — as well as members of the Sharks and Penguins — paid tribute to those affected by the domestic terror attack in a ceremony before the game. It was a simple but touching remembrance of those whose lives were altered by the tragedy.
A shooter later identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen of Port St. Lucie, FL opened fire inside Pulse during the early morning hours of Sunday, then took hostages as police arrived on the scene. Mateen reportedly called 911 to announce his allegiance to ISIS at some point before the attack. After exchanging heavy gunfire with police, the shooter was killed.
As you can imagine, the details that have emerged in wake of the tragedy have been downright horrifying and sickening. Thankfully, there have already been several examples of the general public coming together in fantastic fashion to support those affected by the devastating attack.