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MTV’s ‘True Life’ To Tell Orlando Pulse Shooting Survivors’ Heartbreaking And Heroic Stories

by Jeff taylor July 26, 2016

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Orlando shooting survivor Tony Marrero featured on MTV’s “True Life.”

MTV documentary series “True Life” will follow survivors of the mass shooting at Orlando’s LGBTQ nightclub Pulse in an episode set to air Aug. 15.

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Tony Marrero, Patience Carter, Tiara Parker and Joshua McGill will show the “True Life” audience what their lives are like since the June 12 shooting, which occurred on Latin Night and claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 53 more.

Marrero is shown in preview videos having his wounds tended to and discussing how he is trying to rebuild after that horrifying night:

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Preview video via MTV.

Marrero, 32, was shot four times during the attack, leaving injuries to his arm and back which are still healing.

“People think because I got released from the hospital and I’m in rehab right now that I’m okay. I’m not okay,” Marrero says. “I’m still connected to a machine because of my back. I have a hole in my back. My arms is still shattered…I’m not okay, and not only physical. I can’t even start with mentally. I’m not nearly okay.”

Related: Gay Acrobats Pay Tribute To Orlando Victims (Video)

In another preview clip, Marrero is seen visiting the memorial for the victims of the shooting:

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Preview video via MTV.

“I need to see it. I need to be there. I need to pay my respects for everybody who did not make it, and most importantly, I need to see Luis’ cross,” he says.

Luis Vielma, 22, was Marrero’s best friend. He died in the attack.

“Not a day is going to go by without me thinking about you,” he says at Vielma’s cross. “I’m gonna miss you, bro.”

Related: FBI Finds No Evidence Orlando Shooter Mateen Was Gay, Despite Rumors

Carter, 20, and Tiara, 20, were visiting Orlando from Philadelphia. They were at Pulse with their cousin, Akyra Murray, who at 18 is the youngest victim of the shooting.

McGill, 26, is credited with helping save the life of bartender Rodney Sumter, who was shot multiple times. McGill crafted a makeshift tourniquet from his shirt to stop the bleeding in Sumter’s arms.

A dedication to the victims will also air during the episode.




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