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Taylor Swift pays tribute to 49 killed in Orlando mass shooting

Joseph McCormick June 18, 2016
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Taylor Swift has sent a strong message of support to the loved ones of those lost in the Orlando Pulse mass shooting which killed 49.

The Welcome to New York singer posted a lengthy and heartfelt note on Instagram.

It was captioned with the words: “As you bury your loved ones this week, please know that there are millions of us sending you love and our deepest sympathy in the face of this unthinkable and devastating tragedy.”

Taylor Swift

The letter named each of the 49 victims who were killed by Omar Mateen, who attacked the Pulse bar using assault rifles in the early hours of Sunday morning.

49 people were killed and 53 injured on Sunday in the shocking terrorist hate crime attack, which saw a gunman open fire inside The Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida.

ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, which was perpetrated by US citizen Omar Mateen. The majority of the victims were Latino.

In a statement, President Obama mourned the victims of the homophobic hate crime attack and called for greater restrictions on arms sales.

In response, Republican nominee Donald Trump said Obama should resign for failing to rally against Islam in his comments.

The attack has been condemned by American Muslim leaders, who addressed ISIS in saying: “You do not speak for us.”

But millions of people around the world have showed solidarity with the victims of the shooting and the community in Orlando,

Earlier this week, a threat was posted to Craigslist in San Diego, praising the shooting in Orlando, and reading: “San Diego, you’re next”.

Two US Marines are also being investigated for posting a photo with an assault rifle with the caption “Coming to a gay bar near you” on Facebook.

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