In the early morning hours of June 12, the unthinkable happened. A mass shooting took place at a popular Orlando, FL. night club resulting in the deaths of 50 individuals and an additional 53 wounded. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in the history of the U.S. as well as the deadliest attack of violent crime acted out upon the LGBT community. The pain and suffering caused by just one sick individual is insurmountable. For those who lost loved ones, their mourning is gut wrenching, and for the victims who lived through the tragedy - injured or not - have to now make sense of the horrors they witnessed while simply trying to have fun with friends at a club.
All over the world, hearts have gone out to those affected by the tragedy with some wonderful gestures being made in order to help. After it had been made public that the Orlando hospitals caring for those wounded needed blood donations, hundreds of Central Floridians lined up to donate, and in another stellar example of the kindness of humanity, JetBlue Airways began working to provide free seats on available flights to and from Orlando for family and domestic partners of the victims who were killed or injured.
And someone else who's also stepping up to do their part is the Orlando-based metalcore band Trivium who's got a couple different things in the works to help raise money to assist the victims of this awful tragedy. On their official Facebook page, Trivium posted a photo of lead vocalist and guitarist, Matt Heafy, holding two autographed guitars with a caption that read: "Keep an eye on our FB; we're having all our friends sign an MKH and a CKB for auction/raffle for Orlando relief. We have many friends to ask on the upcoming festivals. Megadeth is on now."
And then a short time later the band also posted the photo of a t-shirt that will soon be available stating: "T-shirt coming very soon to benefit victims of the Pulse shooting through OneOrlando.org. Check our FB for details this week."
Way to go, guys! Thank you Trivium.
Stay tuned to AXS.com for more information on Trivium and their efforts to help during others following this heartbreaking event.