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For builder of Orlando's 49 memorial crosses, his craft is a familiar one

For builder of Orlando's 49 memorial crosses, his craft is a familiar one

A long line of crosses became small windows into 49 lives lost.

Puerto Rican flags flapped from nearly half, representing the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting a week ago Sunday who had ties to the island, a U.S. commonwealth.

Portraits taped to the front of each white cross showed the victims – mostly gay, Latino men in their 20s and 30s. 

As people during the past few days walked the row of crosses, which were built and delivered to Orlando by a retired carpenter from Illinois, some read the victims’ names aloud. Others knelt at the foot of each cross in prayer.

Nearly everybody walked the full line of crosses, stretching for a city...

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