Survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting speaks at East Lansing Church
Posted: Oct 11, 2021 / 12:33 AM EDTUpdated: October 11, 2021 / 12:35 AM EDT
EAST LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – A man who survived one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history comes to East Lansing to share his story.
It has been more than 5 years since the terrible filming took place at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 49 people were killed and 53 injured. Today one of those survivors made his way to Millenium Church in East Lansing. Colons shared how he turns a tragedy into positivity.
“After that happens, I wonder. Angel, will you be dejected and depressed every day or will you do something about it and move forward and be a light to this world, ”said Angel Colon, a survivor of shootings at Pulse Night Club.
On June 12, 2016 at 2:02 a.m., Colon’s life changed forever.
“I remember hot taps hitting my legs. I was confused, I didn’t know what was going on. Now I’ve been shot in the right leg, my left leg is completely broken and I had nowhere to go, ”he said.
He fell to the ground, surrounded by others who had also been shot, but it wasn’t over yet. A woman was lying right next to him and Colon suggested that they both play dead when they noticed that the shooter was shooting people who were already on the ground
“I close my eyes, hold my breath, and just wait. and I hear the gunshots. He shoots the lady next to me and I panic inside because I know I’m next, ”he said.
Colon said he started praying.
“I hear gunshots and feel my body bouncing up and down and I feel heat in my midst, and now I realize that I am being shot on the ground again. I saw black so I thought I died, I hear gunshots in the other room and I open my eyes and by the grace of God I was alive, ”he said.
After that night, Colon began his mental, physical and spiritual healing process.
“I started by just mentally forgiving the Sagittarius who did this. It was a long healing process. I had to learn to walk again. I was like a baby again, I couldn’t even shower alone, I couldn’t clean myself, “he said.
Now he’s using his story to uplift people across the country.
“I just find my identity in Jesus, to be rooted in him and to fall in love with Jesus again. It really helped me heal and move forward, ”he said. “I want to share that we can still love each other, we can still respect each other and we can still be there for each other.”