Man Gives Rousing Speech About Surviving Orlando, Friend Dimes Him Out About Not Being There


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A gay man gave a speech at a memorial service for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting Saturday in which he described how he almost died there, but recent reports reveal that the man may not have even been at the nightclub.

At the service, Clint Lampkin told the crowd, “I was in the bar when it all happened.”

A Facebook friend of Lampkin from Arkansas sent WHNT a screenshot of a Facebook status that Lampkin posted June 12, the morning of the shooting. It reads “Glad I wasn’t at that one” and links to an article reporting on the Orlando shooting.

When questioned by WHNT about the Facebook post, Lampkin claimed that someone had hacked his account. He could not give more details about the night, saying that his memory of that night had been erased due to trauma.

Lampkin told WHNT, “I have really bad anxiety attacks, so I just kinda, I don’t know, my mind is just gone.”

Lampkin also told the crowd Saturday, “I did lose a friend that got shot.” WHNT asked Lampkin for the friend’s name; he told them that he did not remember his friend’s name because they had only known each other a short time.

James Robinson, the CEO of Free2Be and Organizer of the Rocket City Pride Memorial Service, said that, “You don’t want to think that anyone would take advantage of the situation, and quite honestly, I don’t know whether he did or not.”

Robinson told WHNT that he had received numerous calls that claimed Lampkin was not there at the nightclub when the shooting happened.

WHNT contacted the FBI Field Office in Tampa, Fla., to learn officially if Lampkin was in Pulse nightclub.

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