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From the office of Rep. Stephanie Murphy

Here is the text of Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s remarks before the House of Representatives today in honor of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting on June 12th, 2016:

“Thank you, M. Speaker.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy

Today marks three years since the terrible tragedy that took the lives of 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

That’s 36 months, 156 weeks, and 1,095 days that the victims’ family and loved ones have had to live without their presence and without their light.

This single incident shook our community to its core and forever changed us.

But our city showed that we are a vibrant community that prides itself on its love and inclusion.

Following the tragedy, hundreds came out to donate blood, and help their fellow brothers and sisters in their time of need.

The site was transformed into a makeshift memorial; one that was full of love, thoughtful notes, and flowers.

This was the largest attack against LGBTQ people in U.S. history. As we celebrate Pride Month, we must honor their memories, be inspired by their legacies, and recognize the positive contributions the LGBTQ community offers to the world.

And while those memories may be raw, and remembering those we lost may still hurt—we cannot forget that the love that the 49 victims brought into this world will always be stronger than the hate that stole their lives on that day.

Hate will never win. Love always will.

And the memories of those who lost their lives will never, ever be forgotten.

Thank you. And I yield back.”

U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves on the influential House Ways and Means Committee. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor who also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.