Sunday marked one week since former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back at close range in his native Dominican Republic.
The Red Sox sent a team plane to transport Ortiz to Massachusetts for further medical treatment and have been giving fans regular updates on his health, courtesy of his wife, Tiffany.
Ortiz’s children, son D’Angelo and daughter Alexandria, have also been posting updates about their dad during his recovery from multiple surgeries.
On Sunday, the family took to Instagram to publish another round of tributes to the future Hall of Famer in honor of Father’s Day in the United States. As Alexandria noted in her post, the family still has Dominican Father’s Day to celebrate on July 28, which will hopefully be a much happier occasion.
The mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, was the worst mass shooting and the deadliest act of violence against the LGBTQ community in the history of the United States.
One year later, the wounds of the community and those who lost loved ones are still healing. The shooting, which was considered a terrorist attack and hate crime, killed 49 people and injured 58 more.
Pulse was a well-known gay bar and dance club in Orlando’s LGBTQ community. The attack occurred during the venue’s Latin Night event — in a city where Hispanics make up roughly 30% of all residents, including the fastest growing Puerto Rican population in the country.
To commemorate and honor the anniversary of the attack, which extensively affected Hispanics and members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Dear World released a series of portraits of Pulse survivors, family members, friends and first responders.