DeAnne Carroll’s song won a spot at the upcoming Miami Gay Pride’s tribute to Pulse victims.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Local musician and songwriter DeAnne Carroll was invited to perform a song she penned for the victims of the Orlando, Fla. Pulse nightclub shooting at Miami Gay Pride being held from April 7-9.

Her composition will be showcased on April 8 during the Pride Lights the Night lighting of Miami’s buildings in Pride colors after sunset during the tribute to the victims.

“We wanted to create something meaningful for the brothers and sisters we lost at Pulse,” said Mark Fernandes, Miami Gay Pride’s board chairman. “For three days in April, buildings throughout the county will be ablaze in rainbow colors to pay tribute to those we lost. There won’t be a neighbor or a stranger who won’t be aware of this tribute and be touched by this showing of unity.”

A video clip of Carroll performing her song is available below.

Carroll was recognized by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with an academic scholarship named on her behalf. She is an alumni of the university’s psychology department. After she graduated, her career took her to a state division position as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. Carroll completed her master’s degree in counseling in 2005.


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