ORLANDO, Fla. (ABC NEWS) – Amidst all the pain and suffering in Orlando, there are also signs of love and hope.
Forty-nine wooden crosses were delivered on Thursday, one for each of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
They are the labor of one man – Greg Zanis – who drove 1,200 miles from his home in Illinois to place the white wooden crosses with red hearts along a lake outside the Orlando Health Medical Center.
But this isn’t the first time for Zanis. He’s traveled to other scenes of mass murder.
His hope he says is to give people a place to share a message by writing on the crosses and offering their personal condolences– a gesture that touched many who appreciated his kindness.
After people leave personal messages on the crosses, Zanis says he plans on giving them to the victims’ families.
Zanis’ gesture was born out of a personal tragedy. His father-in-law was murdered 20 years ago.