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"We celebrate our diversity."

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered a touching tribute Monday to the victims of the deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, calling on Worldwide Developers Conference attendees to stand for a moment of silence.

Cook described the attack in the Pulse gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and at least 53 injured as a "senseless, unconscionable act of terrorism and hate aimed at dividing and destroying."

"I'd like to take a moment to talk about the tragedy that occurred yesterday in Orlando, Florida," he said stoically. "We offer our deepest sympathies to everyone whose lives were touched by this violence."

He added that the Apple community is made up of people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds — a fact Cook said the company "celebrates."

"We celebrate our diversity," Cook said. "We know that it makes us stronger and moves everyone forward."

He concluded, "Please rise and join us in a moment of silence to honor the victims and the people who loved them."

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