Anderson Cooper Fights Back Tears While Reading Names of Orlando Shooting Victims

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CNN's Anderson Cooper

"They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved," the CNN host said.

An emotional Anderson Cooper read the names of victims killed in the largest mass shooting in America on his CNN show Monday, all the while trying not to cry. 

His moving tribute pulled even harder at the heartstrings for many who are already emotionally overwhelmed after a gunman opened fire on a packed gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, killing 49 people and injuring dozens more. 

"They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved," Cooper said at the top of Anderson Cooper 360

Cooper, the openly gay son of renowned socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, struggled to read the names of the victims, along with a short description of each person's personalty as told by family and friends, for the more-than-seven-minute segment. 

Pictures of the victims were also shown. 

Cooper made it a point to tell his audience he would not mention the name of the gunman, nor would a picture of the 29-year-old killed by police in a shootout at the club after the massacre be shown during his program. 

Watch Cooper's segment below:

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