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Disney Donates $1 Million to Benefit Orlando Shooting Victims and Their Families

'We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act.'

Disney Donates $1 Million to Benefit Orlando Shooting Victims and Their Families
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Disney is taking a strong stand after Sunday's tragic Orlando shooting.

On Tuesday, Disney Editorial Content Director Thomas Smith published a statement announcing the beloved company would be donating $1 million to benefit the victims of the shooting:

"Today, the Walt Disney Company is announcing a $1 million cash commitment to the OneOrlando Fund, established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to assist those affected by the tragic events in Orlando. Also, eligible donations from Disney employees will be matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.

"'We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act,' said Bob Chapek, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. 'With 74,000 Cast Members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.'

"Our hearts are with everyone impacted by this horrific event."

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, American native Omar Mateen entered Orlando's Pulse nightclub, an establishment known as "Orlando's Premiere Gay Ultra Lounge," with an assault rifle. He murdered 49 and injured an additional 53 before being shot and killed by police.

Just before the act, 29-year-old Mateen phoned 911 to declare his support for ISIS. According to CNN, he also referenced 2013's Boston Marathon bombing. Mateen was a native of Fort Pierce, Florida, and despite being interviewed by the FBI in both 2013 and 2014, was not considered a danger.

Originally believed to have been a cut and dry act of hatred and terror, new reports allege that Mateen was homosexual himself in a family that did not condone the lifestyle. Mateen's ex-wife has also intimated that he was "struggling" with his sexuality before planning the Pulse attack, describing emotional abuse his father had inflicted upon him as the result of that struggle.

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