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Survivors of the Pulse shootings still need help; local artists and administrators are stepping up

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At night, the stories won't let Robin Maynard sleep.

Her nightmares are augmented by the recollections she's heard from survivors who managed to escape death in the early morning hours of June 12 at the gay nightclub Pulse. One girl was hiding in the back of a bathroom with six or seven other people, and as the shooter mowed them down with bullets, they fell on top of her. She heard them dying around her as she hid underneath them for hours. One young man held a housewarming party at his first apartment with his friends earlier that night, then spontaneously suggested, "Let's go to Pulse." Five of his friends did not make it out. Another woman was trying to outrun the shooter when, as he pointed his gun at her, a man stepped into her path and took the bullet for her.

They're images seared permanently into survivors' heads as they try to piece their lives back together, and now they're in Maynard's head, too, as she tries to help them.

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