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Attorney General Visits Orlando After Deadly Attack


Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, left, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch view a memorial with 49 wreaths at City Hall, one wreath for each victim of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, June 21, 2016.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, left, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch view a memorial with 49 wreaths at City Hall, one wreath for each victim of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, June 21, 2016.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, nine days after what she called a "shattering attack" at a gay nightclub.

Lynch told the city's devastated gay community, "We stand with you in the light." She also announced a $1 million emergency grant to help Florida law enforcement pay for overtime costs related to the shooting, and she met with prosecutors, first responders and victims of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Her visit comes as investigators continue to dig into the background of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people and injured dozens more on June 12 at the Pulse nightclub.

Lynch said it was a "cruel irony" that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — one defined almost entirely by love — is so often a target of hate.

She told the LGBTQ community, "We stand with you to say that the good in the world far outweighs the evil; that our common humanity transcends our differences; and that our most effective response to terror and hatred is compassion, unity and love."

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​Also Tuesday, Orlando police reopened streets near the nightclub and wound down their investigation at the crime scene. A makeshift memorial that went up nearby shortly after the massacre was still standing Tuesday, with chalk messages on the sidewalk and utility poles. Among them are drawings of hearts, the message "God bless'' and the hashtag "#Orlandostrong.''

Lynch declined to answer questions about the investigation and whether authorities are looking to charge anyone else in connection with the case.

She said investigators will "go back ... and see if there's anything we could have missed or anything we could have done better'' in terms of spotting Mateen as a threat.

She said "people often act out of more than one motivation,'' adding that a motive may never be known.

Mateen was shot and killed by police during the attack.

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