Police in Orlando are investigating a fire that was set last month to the 49 victims who died in a massacre at a Florida gay nightclub five years ago, and the foundation that runs it is seeking the public’s help in catching the vandal.
On Saturday, the onePulse Foundation released security footage on its Facebook page showing a man in a wheelchair setting fire to an outdoor wall on which banners, photos, messages and flowers are posted in memory of the victims who died at the Pulse nightclub.
The onePulse Foundation told WESH 2 News a banner showing all 49 victims was damaged, as well as two individual banners that honored the lives lost.
The foundation urged the public to notify the police if they recognized the man in the video. The incident took place on Oct. 12 at around 8:30 p.m., according to the foundation.
“It’s very heartbreaking because something like this is very devastating, especially when you have a site where people go and mourn the loss of their loved ones,” said Jo’el Morales, a director at The Center which provides counseling to Pulse victims and surviving family members.
“This is a sacred space, and for anyone to put more hate into this space than has already been here — this area has suffered enough,” local resident Kate Teixeira said.