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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...

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