Region 8 turned Orlando resident reacts to deadly mass shooting

Region 8 turned Orlando resident reacts to deadly mass shooting
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A former Region 8 resident, now living in Orlando, said despite the deadly mass shooting over the weekend, the city is pulling together.

"Orlando to me is always going to be great and it's always going to be strong," David McGonigal said.

At the beginning of 2016, David McGonigal moved to Orlando. He lived in Northeast Arkansas for seven years before moving away in 2013.

McGonigal said he was drawn to Orlando's uniqueness.

"It's just amazing," McGonigal said. "Just all the interactions you have with all the folk from all over the world."

He said since the tragedy, he's been able to witness complete strangers pour an incredible amount of support into the new place he calls home.

McGonigal, a member of the LGBT community, said his local news app alerted him to the shooting when it started. It wasn't until hours later that he learned how many people were killed.

"It's a little painful...just to see all those people," McGonigal said. "No one deserves that. No one deserves for that to happen to them."

Though it was the LGBT community that was targeted, McGonigal said this affects all Americans.

"This hits home with all of us. When I say all of us I mean everyone, not just a specific group of people or anything," McGonigal said. "Everyone should be concerned about this."

McGonigal said he has no plans to move away from Orlando.

He encouraged people wanting and willing to help out to contact non-profit organizations in the area or simply pray for Orlando.

"We're strong," McGonigal said. "I know we all are and we're all here for each other."

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