Christine Leinonen’s son, Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, and his fiancé, Juan Guerrero, were among the 49 people who died inside the gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12. Christine Leinonen is expected to take the stage with Brandon Wolf, who survived the massacre, and José Arriagada, who is her son’s best friend.
Christine Leinonen will deliver her speech five days after Hillary Clinton visited the Pulse nightclub.
Clinton placed a bouquet of flowers at a makeshift memorial as Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) stood by her side. She met with some of the family members of the victims and attended a roundtable with local activists and officials.
Donald Trump in response to the massacre reiterated his call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country. The billionaire on July 21 highlighted the Pulse nightclub shooting during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.