MTV’s ‘True Life’ To Document Orlando Shooting Survivors In Special Episode


While it’s been over a month since Omar Mateen claimed the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the events still lurk and linger in the lives of those who survived the shooting and those who lost a loved one. Venturing into more political territory, MTV is looking to get in on a conversation that has spanned various issues that include America’s treatment of the LGBTQ community, homophobia, gun control and homegrown terrorism. According to Deadline, the music channel will air a special edition of their critically-acclaimed docu-series True Life, appropriately titled True Life: We Are Orlando. 

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The special episode will chronicle the lives of four survivors who try to move forward with their lives, while coping with the excess trauma they experienced during and after the Pulse nightclub shooting. Among the most notable of survivors include Felipe “Tony” Marrero,  an amusement park ride attendant who was shot four times and lost his friend, Luis Velma, during the attack. During the special, MTV will broadcast a special remembrance that will pay tribute to the 49 people who lost their lives during the attack and their loved ones, as well as the remaining survivors who escaped Mateen’s deadly rampage. True Life: We Are Orlando will air on MTV at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15.

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