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Orlando shooting: Barack Obama meets victims and pleads for unity

  • America is in mourning after the worst mass shooting in its history
  • Omar Mateen's attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead
  • So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack
  • President Obama says there is no clear evidence the gunman was directed by IS
  • Witnesses have claimed that Mateen was a regular visitor to the club he attacked
  • His wife said she tried to talk him out of conducting any kind of attack
  • His father has blamed security at the club for the attack
  • One gun shop refused to sell him ammunition as he was acting suspiciously

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J K Rowling tweets tribute and prayers for Orlando victims

Harry Potter author J K Rowling has tweeted a response to the shooting in Orlando which left 50 people dead.

She found out that Luis Vielma, one of the victims of the shooting, worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, and said she "can't stop crying".

Her tweet has been retweeted and liked over 60,000 times.

A colleague of Luis tweeted the author and explained that another of their fellow Harry Potter ride workers, Tony, was seriously ill after the shooting and still in the intensive care unit.

Rowling responded saying she was "praying" that Tony pulls through.

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