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The nation mourns Orlando shooting victims

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Many hearts are heavy throughout the U.S. this morning as Americans try to process the magnitude of what's being called the worst mass shooting in our country's history.

Good morning. Trent Butler here to let you know how we're covering such a difficult event. We are starting to learn more about the gunman who opened fire in an Orlando nightclub killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 more. Omar Mateen's ex-wife says he was mentally unstable and violent. His father says he became upset after seeing a same-sex couple kissing in front of his family. We're also finding out the FBI had investigated Mateen before for inflammatory comments and possible connections to radical Islamic propaganda. Police say he swore allegiance to ISIS during a 911 call moments before the shooting rampage started. 

Many in Northern Alabama are responding to the mass shooting in Orlando by praying for the victims and holding vigils. Members of the Huntsville Islamic Center say they denounce the actions of the gunman. Meanwhile, leaders of the LGBT community say they're changing their plans for PRIDE Week because of the tragedy in Orlando. 

This morning on WAFF 48 News Today, we'll also let you know how you can help the families of the shooting victims by donating blood. We have a lot to share with you as the nation grieves, and many call for unity in the wake of such a disturbing event. 

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