Orlando Sentinel devotes front page to editorial about victims, community – NOT the gunman

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The Orlando newspaper is making a powerful statement by devoting its entire front page to an editorial focusing on the victims and the community, rather than the gunman who killed nearly 50 people at a nightclub early Sunday.

The Monday edition of the Orlando Sentinel showed an editorial on A1 with the headline: "United to heal from the nightclub shooting: Where We Stand."

Notice what is not on the front page? Any mention of the shooter -- his name or photo.

The words are powerful, direct and hopeful focusing on those who were killed and how the community and the nation must come together:

"Let our community define itself by our unequivocal response: United.

How we come together to remember and honor the dead, and comfort their families and friends.

How we help heal the victims wounded in body and spirit.

How we work with our leaders and our neighbors to close gaps in security and make Central Florida safer.

How we stand in defiance of anyone who would provoke fear and division in our community.

How we proudly reaffirm Orlando’s identity as a welcoming, inclusive place for people who live here or visit, no matter their background or orientation.

We will unite, in an affirming bond that is more mighty, and enduring, than the twisted thoughts of a young man who allegedly unleashed this atrocity."

You can read the full editorial here.

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