'I knew 17' who died in Orlando
Updated 1:09 PM ET, Thu June 23, 2016
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Orlando, Florida (CNN)He's 6-foot-9 and built like a redwood. Everyone calls him "Tree." On Tuesday afternoon, as storm clouds prepared to gather over this embattled city, Tree walked into a tattoo parlor and scribbled eight names on a sheet of paper.