Photographer at Orlando Vigil Captures 49 Birds Flying During Moment of Silence

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

While attending a candlelight vigil at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Monday in Orlando, Florida, in honor of the victims of Sunday's massacre, a photographer captured a candid image of exactly 49 birds flying overhead. 

The number is identical to the number of people killed by a gunman at Pulse nightclub.

"There were 49 birds, my friends," the photographer wrote on Facebook. "The fallen were with us tonight."

The birds appeared during a moment of silence. 

A spokesperson for the center confirmed that the passing birds were a surprise, and that no birds were released during the vigil. At a different vigil about 60 miles away in Lakeland, Florida, 49 doves were released, although the birds in the image appear to be black.

The mass shooting — which was the deadliest in modern U.S. history — has prompted a string of global vigils

Read more:
 Let's Remember How the Orlando Shooting Victims Lived, Not Just How They Died
• Queer Muslims Tell the World "We Exist" After Orlando Shooting
• The Orlando Shooting Could Have Long-Term Effects on LGBTQ Mental Health

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Kathleen Wong

Kathleen is a branded content staff writer at Mic. She is based in New York and can be reached at kathleen@mic.com.

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