Anderson Cooper Breaks Down On Air While Naming Orlando Shooting Victims

Anderson Cooper earned praise on Twitter Monday after he broke down on live television as he read the names of the 48 identified victims of the Orlando Shooting early Sunday morning.

“We begin tonight with their names. The names of the 48 out of 49 people who have so far been identified,” Cooper started. “The victims of the deadliest mass shooting in American history. A massacre that happened in a gay nightclub … just two nights ago.

“There is one name I want to tell you that you will not hear in this broadcast tonight. One picture of a person you will not see. We will not say the gunman’s name or show his photograph. It’s been shown far too much all ready. We want to try to keep the focus where we think it belongs – on the people whose lives were cut short.”

Cooper continued, describing each of the victims as more than just names and sharing brief stories about each, as he began to cry while the victims’ images and names were shared on the screen.

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