Heart rate shooter survivor to share the story in East Lansing
EAST LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – A survivor of one of America’s deadliest mass shootings will be telling his story this weekend in East Lansing.
Angel Colon will speak about how he has been cured since he was shot six times at Pulse Nightclub on June 16, 2016.
“In seconds the club was in chaos,” said Colon.
A 29-year-old shooter killed 59 people and injured 53 others in what was then the deadliest mass shooting in the country.
Colon said he was alive because he played himself dead.
“I hear a loud bang again. I covered my face with my eyes closed. That bang was loud so I remember getting scared and opening my eyes. I remember watching the lady’s body bounce up and down. Her hand let go of my hand and her eyes just closed, ”Colon said.
Colon said he had to make up his mind right now.
“Angel, are you going to be that person who gets depressed and lets this tragedy drag you down for the rest of your life? Or will you be able to accept that and learn something from it or help others? ”Said Colon.
So he is now traveling the country telling his story of how he heals and how he now relies on his faith.
“A big part of it was forgiving the person who did this even though they were dead,” said Colon.
His advice to people going through trauma is to speak to someone.
“To talk about what you’re going through. To talk about what’s in your heart, what’s in your head. People can go crazy just keeping everything inside. I talk a lot about openness, which means being open about your feelings about what you are feeling in the moment, ”said Colon.
Colon will share his story on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Millennium Church in East Lansing. It’s free to the public.
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