CNN's Anderson Cooper Reads Aloud Orlando Victims' Names In Moving Tribute

"They are more than a list of names."

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, in an arresting tribute to 49 people shot dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, spent seven minutes of his show Monday to simply read each victim's name aloud.

Cooper chose not to display the shooter’s name or photograph, and instead focused on the victims and their stories.

"In the next two hours, we want to try to keep the focus where we think it belongs: on the people whose lives were cut short," Anderson said, his voice breaking with emotion.

The segment aired just after the last of the victims was identified.

"They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved," Cooper said.

"We think it’s important that you hear their names," Cooper said.

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