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49 birds appear over Orlando shooting victims memorial

49 birds appear over Orlando shooting victims memorial

Amanda Jackson | CNN

When we're confronted with something as tragic, as difficult to cope with, as the Orlando shooting, some of us will look for solace in the divine.

And in those moments, the little things -- ones that don't lend themselves to ready explanations -- can take on great significance.

This is the story of one such moment.

As the names of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting were being read at a vigil in Orlando, a photographer noticed something up above: A flock of birds flying by.

The victims: 49 lives cut short

She snapped a quick photo. But it wasn't until she counted the birds in her frame that she was truly surprised: There were 49.

"I then showed everyone around me and had them count," she said. "We were all stunned."

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