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Funerals start for victims of Orlando gay club massacre

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Funerals start for victims of Orlando gay club massacre

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The first funerals have taken place for victims of the Orlando massacre in the nearby city of Kissimmee.

Kimberly Morris, who worked as a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub, was laid to rest just outside Orlando.

Family and friends embraced as they arrived at Osceola Memory Gardens in Kissimmee, Florida for a memorial for Morris.

She was later buried in a private funeral for family only.

Obama meets victims’ families

The US president met with survivors and families of those killed at the Pulse gay nightclub last weekend.

Barack Obama said the massacres will continue unless the United States acts to control violence and homegrown terrorism.

“Those who were killed and injured here were gunned down by a single killer with a powerful assault weapon. The motives of this killer may have been different than the mass shooters in Aurora or Newtown, but the instruments of death were so similar.

“Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense,” said Obama.

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New York Memorial

A ceremony held at New York’s 9/11 memorial has honoured the 49 people killed in what has been described as the biggest mass killing of LGBT people in the West since the Holocaust.

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