Walt Disney Company Donates $1 Million to Orlando Victims

By Sherley Boursiquot
Sherley Boursiquot
Sherley Boursiquot
June 14, 2016 Updated: June 14, 2016

The Walt Disney Company is set to donate $1 million to the victims of families who were affected by the shooting in Orlando, the company announced on June 14. 

The donation will be made through the OneOrlando fund founded by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act,” said Bob Chapek, the chairman of 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.”

The company also plans to provide complimentary accommodation to the victims’ loved ones through the City of Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association.

Forty-nine people were killed and 53 maimed early Sunday morning in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Omar Mateen, 29, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, opened fire and held the club goers hostage with an AR-15 assault rifle. He was killed during a confrontation with SWAT officers.

Mateen reportedly visited Orlando’s Walt Disney World park in April with his wife, Noor Zahi Salman, who allegedly knew of Mateen’s plans to assassinate club goers on Sunday.

According to reports, she might face criminal charges for failing to tell authorities.