Orlando family who lives near Pulse nightclub copes with attack

Posted at 5:38 AM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 06:23:02-04

A family who lives near the Pulse nightclub discusses what it's been like to live near the site of America's deadliest mass shooting.

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Tina Secor, her husband, and two sons, Theron and Banks, live in a charming downtown Orlando neighborhood.

Their home is only several blocks from the Pulse nightclub.  Secor recalls the chaos that occurred early Sunday morning. 

"We heard the concussion grenade go off about 5 a.m.," said Secor.

It was the sound of police moving in, but they didn't know what was going on at first.

"And then we woke up at 7 a.m. to the news, which was absolutely devastating," said Secor.

So many lives savagely ended.

Just across their street at Orlando Regional Medical Center, there was the frantic effort to save the wounded.

"We woke the kids and walked across the street to the hospital to try to donate blood," said Secor.

On Thursday, President Obama offered his support to the victims and the city, but it was Secor's boys, ages 10- and 12-years-old, who gave voice to the emotions all of us are feeling.

 "(I'm) kind of scared because this is the first major gun violence I've ever experienced," said Theron.

His older brother, Banks said, "I don't know why someone would want to shoot down some happy people having a good night."

Their mom now gropes for words to both shield her children and explain the harsh reality they confront.

"I think the main issue difficult to talk about is the flat our violence of this attack. This is going to impact our community for a long time," said Tina Secor.