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Flower shops help comfort families of nightclub shooting victims

Kuhn Flowers, Katherine's Florist create tribute wall, provide arrangements

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville florist and its sister store in Orlando are coming together to help comfort the families of victims' killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

Seven employees from Kuhn Flowers on Beach Boulevard brought flowers and supplies down to help create a tribute wall in downtown Orlando. The wall will be made up of 49 wreaths with photos of each victim. 

Hundreds of flowers, like roses and calla lilies, were donated to create the memorial. 

Kuhn Flowers owner Marty McCall said his sister store in Orlando, Katherine's Florist, came up with the idea and he wanted to get involved. 

"There's no time that a flower doesn't put a smile on somebody's face, if it's a birthday, anniversary or if it's a funeral. It gives you a sense of peace," McCall said. "If it gives the families any peace at all, every bit of it's worth it. There's no value on heartbreak."

The tribute wall is expected to be completed by Thursday night. 

"We had to do it. It's not even a question, that's just such a small thing, for a life, a few flower arrangements," McCall said.

In addition the the tribute wall, Kuhn Flowers and Katherine's Florist are offering free flower arrangements for the victims' funerals. 

"This is a terrible and senseless tragedy. We want to help as best we can to make this horribly painful time a little less stressful for the families of the victims, by providing floral arrangements for the funerals. Since 1947, Kuhn Flowers has built a heritage of contributing to our community in every way we can in times of need. At this time of grief, we should all be reaching out to help in the healing process," McCall said.

For more information, contact McCall at 904-398-8601, visit Kuhn Flowers' website or visit Katherine's Florist's website.