Naples Daily News Weekend Digest Miss something this week? Catch up on a few of our big stories in this quick digest
Nella Blanco waited all day Sunday at an Orlando hotel for any update on her best friend Eddie Justice, who was inside the Pulse nightclub when a shooter opened fire hours earlier.
The 30-year-old texted Blanco around 2 a.m. telling her a shooter was in the club and that he loved her. He also sent a text to his mother: "He's coming. I'm going to die."
Justice's name was not on the initial list of shooting victims. And after a day of waiting, his name wasn't on the list of wounded being treated at nearby hospitals either.
Gloria Jackson checks the knots she put in her bathing suit straps before a beach walk and swim in the Gulf of Mexico.
It's a fix against stretched-out straps in a favorite suit, the one piece with black and white spots and skirt. At 84, she doesn't mind knots in her bathing suit straps.
A native of Peru, Jackson is religious about her exercise schedule that begins at 5 a.m. She walks her neighborhood in East Naples for an hour and pops a "Body Electric" tape from the famed '80s exercise series in her player. She walks 10 miles a day.
"For me, it's not exercise. It's fun," Jackson said, her salt-and-pepper hair cropped short. "I need to move."
Adam Prentki Jr. can't bear to see an American flag on the ground.
"I have too much respect for it," said the 83-year-old Korean War veteran, who circled around flames Tuesday following a ceremony to celebrate National Flag Day and to retire unserviceable flags.
Prentki is a member of Bonita Spring's American Legion Post 303, which hosted its annual ceremony Tuesday evening in partnership with the city's Veterans Advisory Committee and VFW Post 4254.
The grim work of laying to rest those killed in the gun violence at Pulse — the popular LGBT nightclub in Orlando — has started.
Within 72 hours of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history Sunday, 49 bodies were matched with their names and unfinished lives.
Anguished families received confirmation that, yes, their loved one — their child, brother, sister, spouse — was among the ones who will never come back.
Under dim lights, friends and strangers lit 49 candles to honor each of the 49 lives lost in the massacre.
They sobbed and hugged one another, placed their hands on each other's shoulders.
The names and photos of the victims of the mass shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub Sunday night were projected in a slideshow Thursday night at the front of Bambusa Bar and Grill in downtown Naples.