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WATCH: Apple CEO Tim Cook honors Orlando victims at WWDC

WATCH: Apple CEO Tim Cook honors Orlando victims at WWDC

Apple CEO Tim Cook started his presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday by addressing the horrific tragedy that struck Orlando’s LGBTQ community on Sunday.

Cook, 55, who came out as gay in 2014, said:

‘Before we start with the keynote, we would like to take a moment to talk about the tragedy that occurred yesterday in Orlando, Florida.

‘We offer our deepest sympathies to everyone whose lives were touched by this violence. It was senseless — [an] unconscionable act of terrorism and hate, aimed at dividing and destroying.

‘The Apple community is made up of people from all around the world, from all different backgrounds and all different points of view. We celebrate our diversity. We know that it makes us stronger and moves everyone forward.’

Cook then asked his audience to stand and join him for a moment of silence to honor the victims and the people who love them.

Watch his speech here:

 

Cook had also expressed his condolences to the victims’ families on Twitter on Sunday: