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Disney donates $1 million to the victims of the Orlando shooting

Joe Williams June 15, 2016

397155 06: Mickey Mouse rides in a parade through Main Street, USA with Cinderella's castle in the background at Disney World's Magic Kingdom November 11, 2001 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A spokesperson for the film giant says they are “heartbroken by this tragedy”.

Disney has donated $1 million to the OneOrlando fund, which was set up to support the victims of the tragic Orlando club shootings.

The company’s pledge will help to support the families of the 49 victims, as well as aiding the recovery of the 53 injured in the attack.

The film giant – which houses Walt Disney  has also announced plans to match pledges made from individual members of staff.

“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act,” Bob Chapek – chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – said in a statement.

“With 74,000 cast members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.”

Meanwhile, loved ones of victims who worked at Universal studios raised wands at a Harry Potter inspired vigil in Orlando yesterday.

Luis S. Vielma and Xavier Serrano were two of the 49 people killed in the Orlando massacre on Sunday morning.

Friends and family joined together in Harry Potter World, Orlando, to raise their wands at a tribute that was reminiscent of Dumbledore’s funeral.

22 year old Vielma, described as a ‘Harry Potter nut’, worked at the Wizarding World – a Harry Potter part of the theme park.

JK Rowling posted a heartfelt message on Twitter commemorating the loss of Luis and others in the Orlando attack.

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35, also worked at Universal Studios and was killed in the attack. He performed in the Super Star parade and the Lion King Show in Animal Kingdom.

The vigil was one of hundreds across the globe mourning the people who were victims of the attack at Pulse, in Orlando, on Sunday morning.

More: Disney, Harry Potter, LGBT, Orlando, Orlando Massacre, US, Walt Disney

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