CNN News Presenter Anderson Cooper Struggles To Read Orlando Shooting Victim Names

'They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved.'

14/06/2016 13:44

A CNN anchor has poignantly demonstrated the difficulties of reporting on an event as tragic as the Orlando nightclub shootings.

Anderson Cooper struggled to make it through a list of some of the names of victims, at one point having to apologise to viewers as he took time to clear his throat.

As he reported from near the Pulse nightclub where the worst mass-shooting in US history took place, he said: "There is one name you will not hear in this broadcast tonight, one picture of a person you won't see.

Anderson Cooper, 49

"We will not say the gunman's name or show his photograph, it's been shown far too much already.

"In the next two hours we want to try to keep the focus where we think it belongs, on the people whose lives were cut short.

"They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved."

The full seven minute tribute can be watched here...


More than 50 people were injured and 49 died after Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Florida the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with police, was armed with an AR-15 assault type rifle, a handgun and an explosive device.

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