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(ORLANDO) — The onePULSE Foundation, established after the mass shooting a year ago at Orlando’s LGBT Pulse Nightclub, is honoring on social media this weekend the 49 people who were killed by gunman Omar Mateen.

“Throughout the weekend the onePULSE Foundation will be paying tribute to each of the 49. #WeWillNotLetHateWin,” the onePulse Foundation tweeted Friday, followed by a series of tweets featuring one victim per tweet. Each photo is accompanied by the foundation’s slogan, “We will not let hate win.”

Throughout the weekend the onePULSE Foundation will be paying tribute to each of the 49. #WeWillNotLetHateWin pic.twitter.com/bpw789sR4L

— onePULSE Foundation (@onePULSEorg) June 9, 2017

On June 12, 2016, gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside Pulse with a semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock pistol, killing 49 people and injuring 68 others, in one of the deadliest shooting sprees in U.S. history. Mateen was shot and killed by police after a three-hour standoff.

Authorities said he was self-radicalized over the Internet and had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has signed a proclamation declaring June 12 as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.”

We’ve signed the proclamation to join @OrangeCoFL and proclaim June 12 as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.” pic.twitter.com/Exq2kY4yJU

— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) June 6, 2017

The onePULSE Foundation’s online initiative is one of many happening in cyberspace and Orlando.

Family members of the victims and police officers, for example, lent a creative hand this week to the Orlando Traveling Memorial, which was held at the city’s police headquarters.

“Thank you to families and loved ones of 49 lost at #Pulse for being with us & the Orlando Traveling Memorial at OPD HQ today. #OrlandoUnited,” Orlando Police tweeted.

Thank you to families and loved ones of 49 lost at #Pulse for being with us & the Orlando Traveling Memorial at OPD HQ today. #OrlandoUnited pic.twitter.com/4LpBJONNVo

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 8, 2017

Also at Orlando Police headquarters, as part of a Pulse memorial and tribute, is a kevlar helmet with a bullet hole in it.

Remember this kevlar helmet, worn by Officer Napolitano during the #Pulse tragedy? It now sits atop a Pulse memorial & tribute at OPD HQ. pic.twitter.com/gjUhD8HWMo

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 8, 2017

Below are some of the tweets from the onePULSE Foundation, featuring photos of the victims.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old#wewillnotlethatewin pic.twitter.com/JaiOIdFvTB

— onePULSE Foundation (@onePULSEorg) June 9, 2017

Amanda L. Alvear, 25 years old#wewillnotlethatewin pic.twitter.com/Q3glPr18KW

— onePULSE Foundation (@onePULSEorg) June 9, 2017

Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26 years old#wewillnotlethatewin pic.twitter.com/fUGnM2v49R

— onePULSE Foundation (@onePULSEorg) June 9, 2017

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old#wewillnotlethatewin pic.twitter.com/HDqshwScB5

— onePULSE Foundation (@onePULSEorg) June 9, 2017

Deonka Drayton, 32 years old#wewillnotlethatewin pic.twitter.com/ocCVvPfgVj

— onePULSE Foundation (@onePULSEorg) June 10, 2017

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