America's deadliest mass shooting of modern times, to date, sent shockwaves across the USA and beyond last weekend.
It was an attack on the gay community. The name of the dead shooter Omar Mateen meant that some people quickly drew conclusions and linked the slaughter to ISIL and the religion of Islam.
But after other mass shootings in the USA such as Columbine, Sandy Hook and the Aurora Theatre in Colorado the killers’ religions were never part of the equation.
This time around ISIL have claimed responsibility for the actions of Omar Mateen but that is yet to be proved.
We now know that Mateen visited the Pulse gay dance club in Orlando, scene of the shootings, several times in the last few years. We also know he was a brute of a husband to his first wife. Tuesday there are reports that his current wife knew what he was about to do but failed to notify the authorities.
NBC report "The Orlando gunman's wife has told federal agents she tried to talk her husband out of carrying out the attack, NBC News has learned. Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Zahi Salman, told the FBI she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster, several officials familiar with the case said. She told the FBI that she once drove him to the gay nightclub, Pulse, because he wanted to scope it out."
There could be many reasons why Mateen opted to launch such a deadly attack in a gay dance club.
But following the terrible events last weekend a coming together of people has occurred.
In western countries vigils have been held and attended by citizens from all walks of life, sexual orientation, colours and creeds.
When you look at the list of victims you realise the death toll crosses many boundaries.
While the west mourns the tragic loss of life other countries have yet to improve basic human rights.
In Qatar this week:
“A court in Qatar has convicted a Dutch woman of having sex outside marriage after she told police she was raped.
Republican hypocrisy and political opportunism is being played out by Ted Cruz, Anne Coulter and Donald Trump; Trump and his supporters are opting to spew hate in the direction of Pres. Barack Obama and his would be successor Hillary Clinton.
But this week is all about remembering those who died, and supporting the gay community.
Images above are from a London, England, vigil Monday June 13 attended by some senior politicians and below from Earl Taylor who attended a vigil in Syracuse.
In the UK "Plymouth council will not hang rainbow flag at half-mast after Orlando attack" a Tory council.
But "Pride flag to fly at half mast over Scottish Government HQ in memory of Orlando shooting victims."