Singer Katy Perry on Thursday surprised
a survivor of June's mass shooting in Orlando during an appearance on
The Ellen Show.
Forty-nine people died and dozens were
wounded when a lone gunman opened fire in the Pulse, a gay nightclub.
Tony Marrero told host Ellen DeGeneres
that he was shot in the back four times and once in the arm.
Amazingly, none of the bullets hit a vital organ and Marrero is
“You died on the way to the
hospital,” DeGeneres said.
“Yes, I did,” Marrero answered.
Marrero explained that he was lucky
because he made eye contact with a cop as the shooter was still
active. The cop could not come to Marrero because he was not wearing
protective gear, but he called to Marrero, instructing him to exit
“I didn't know where I got my
strength from, but I just dragged myself to that door. And he just
grabbed me by my two arms and dragged all the way across the street,”
When he explained that Katy Perry's
music helped him recover from his injuries, DeGeneres asked if he
wanted to meet her, which left Marrero speechless.
“I'm happy to be a joy,” Perry
told Marrero after the pair shared hugs. “I'm happy to be a
light. I'm happy I could be there in my own little way to help you.”
Perry also offered to pay for Marrero's
first year at film school.