When the Rev. Kathryn Schmitz woke up early Sunday morning to check the news, she couldn’t believe what she was reading. Schmitz is minister of First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Florida—just three miles from Pulse, a gay nightclub where 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire early Sunday morning, killing 49 people and wounding 53.
“It had a sense of being impossible, like these things happen somewhere far away,” Schmitz told UU World. “It doesn’t happen in the hospitality capital of the world.”