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09th Sep 2016

Katy Perry did something life-changing for an Orlando massacre survivor

Cassie Delaney

Three months have passed since the horrendous shooting at Pulse nightclub, Orlando.

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a hate crime inside the gay club.

Tony Marrero was there that night and was shot in the back four times but miraculously survived.

Tony emotionally recounted the night.

“It was horrible. People screaming, crying. People saying their goodbyes. He shot me four times in the back.”

Tony was in the club with his friend Luis Vielma who sadly was killed in the attack.

When he was invited onto the Ellen show to talk about the ordeal, Tony revealed to Ellen that listening to Katy Perry’s Rise inspired a lot of his recovery.

In true Ellen fashion, she brought Katy Perry onto the stage to meet Tony.

Katy herself revealed that she was very emotional saying she “folded a napkin in my hand, like a little granny, I had it up my sleeve.”

Tony embraced Katy saying “The lyrics to [Rise] helped me from the day that I was in the hospital, all the way to now.”

Moved by his story and his story, Katy offered to pay for the young man’s first year of film school.

Watch the emotional moment below.