The 70th Tony Awards honored the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, as well as talented individuals like Lin-Manuel Miranda for their contributions to the world of theater.
American-born Omar Mateen entered the Pulse club, a gay nightclub, around 2 a.m. on June 12 armed with a pistol and an assault rifle and opened fire, killing 49 and wounding at least 53. Possible ISIS connections are currently being investigated; Mateen called 911 during the attack and pledged allegiance to the terrorist organization. Mateen was killed during a gun battle with the police. This is the worst terror attack in the United States since 9/11 as well as the deadliest mass shooting.
"Hate will never win,” said James Corbin who hosted this year's Tony Awards Show and like many attendees wore a silver ribbon in support of the victims in Orlando. “Together, we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and celebration of that principle.”
Miranda whose musical "Hamilton" won 11 Tonys including for Best Musical recited a sonnet he wrote where he honored those slain in the attack.
“When senseless acts of tragedy reminds us that nothing here is promised. Not one day,” he said during his acceptance speech for winning the Tony for Best Original Score. “This show is proof that history remembers, we live through times when hate and fear seem stronger, we rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. Love is love is love is love is love, and love cannot be killed or swept aside. Fill the world with music love and pride.”
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