Anderson Cooper started his prime time program AC360 on CNN with a heart-wrenching tribute to the lives lost in the mass shooting which happened early Sunday morning at Orlando nightclub Pulse.
The openly gay news anchor was deeply emotional during the broadcast of the names of those killed in what’s known as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Cooper also announced that they would neither display photos nor mention the name of the dead gunman in the tribute.
‘In the next two hours we want to try to keep the focus where we think it belongs — on the people whose lives were cut short, and we are going to start tonight by honoring them,’ Cooper said.
He added: ‘They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved. They are people who have family, and friends, and dreams.’
The tribute was about seven minute long; some of the victims had their name read with an accompanying face picture as well as details about their past life.
Watch the heartbreaking report here:
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) June 14, 2016