Pulse survivors stand with Las Vegas

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A black man stands during a demonstration with his hands raised

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Under a USA flag at half-staff to honor the victims, people who escaped with their lives from the Pulse shooting gathered to pledge support for families in Las Vegas. Initially, reports gave the death toll as 59 people, though Las Vegas officials later clarified that the number included the shooter, Stephen Paddock, who reportedly killed himself before police reached him. "The fear. The not knowing where the shots were coming from", said Passion Suarez.

No Vegas. No. My heart simply can't take anymore. At Tuesday's vigil in Orlando, he couldn't find the words to explain the Las Vegas massacre.

"I know I had to come because the shooting was a part of all of us when it happened", said Whitaker of King of Prussia, Montgomery County. "I just can't believe all of this is happening again", he says. 'It just - it hurts a lot'.

"From one survivor to another no matter what your situation is, it is going to be ok, you are blessed, you are here for a reason", said Parker. It's hard to comprehend by yourself."For the past eight months, Colon has toured the country talking about the Pulse shooting, in which 49 people died".

'My first reaction was to cry, ' Patience Carter, a Pulse survivor whose femur was shattered during the shooting, told NBC News.

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Several Democrat lawmakers opted not to participate in Monday's Congressional moment of silence for victims of the Las Vegas attack, saying now is a time for more action and less reflection. "It is unimaginable that another mass shooting of even greater scope than that of Pulse nightclub could occur again in this country, but indeed, it has". "We pray for those whose lives were taken, as well as for the wounded and the hundreds who will forever be affected by this monumental tragedy".

Gays Against Guns, which formed in response to the massacre at the Pulse LGBT nightclub in Orlando previous year, issued a call to action.

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"We encourage citizens to continue providing information to law enforcement about suspicious persons prone to violence", Demings said.

"After Newtown, our nation called for action", said a statement released by Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin. "We are afflicted with hatred and violence. We don't want to be just victims anymore".

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