CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – One tragedy after another; Orlando, Florida has been in the headlines around the world for the past week.
“Awful, crazy, I don’t know what this world is coming to and I just think it’s horrible,” Sarah Troche of Three Rivers said.
Most recently, an alligator dragged a 2-year-old boy, Lane Graves, into the water Tuesday night in a Florida theme park outside Orlando. Walt Disney World closed their beaches following the attack. Search crews found the body, and hope to bring closure to the family from Nebraska.
Orlando is also now recognized as the city where the country’s worst mass shooting ever took place. It was last call at the Pulse Nightclub around 2 o’clock Sunday morning when Omar Mateen opened fire killing 49 people and wounding 53 others.
“It’s just stupid, you know how you could just walk in and shoot innocent people like that. It’s just crazy,” Mike Blair, of Chicopee said.
The President and CEO of “Visit Orlando,” George Aguel, sent 22News a statement regarding concerns for tourism after the nightclub shooting:
While the authorities and elected officials are focused on responding to this horrific incident, our primary focus remains on supporting their efforts. The hospitality community remains on alert and has been responsive to those who have reached out to us for information.
The outpouring of support from across the globe, the robust efforts from law enforcement and our consistent track record of providing a safe environment to visitors gives us confidence that we will remain a destination of choice for visitors.
The tourism community and local authorities have always worked closely on a comprehensive approach to security to ensure a safe environment for visitors.
Over time, the measures have evolved with a particular focus on prevention, using technology and effective sharing of information. Safety remains a top priority for the destination and parks and our partners are even more vigilant at this time to ensure that all security protocols are being followed.”
Last Friday, the city dealt with another senseless shooting. 22-year-old singer, Christina Grimmie was shot while signing autographs after a concert. Grimmie was a New Jersey native, who had finished third during season six of NBC’s the voice.