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The 49 people who lost their lives during Orlando gay club massacre have been named

Joe Williams June 14, 2016
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49 people were killed and 53 were injured in the shooting at Pulse over the weekend.

With more than a hundred now confirmed dead or injured, the mass shooting has become the worst in American history.

Omar Mateen was named as the shooter in the incident which killed at least 50.

As of this morning (June 14), the city of Orlando had released the following names of victims on its website.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Below is information learnt about some of the victims so far.

Edward Sotomayor Jr.

Edward Sotomayor Jr. worked as the brand manager for Al and Chuck Travel – a company that specialising in holidays for gay people.

The owner of the company, Al Ferguson, wrote he was at the hospital with Sotomayor’s family and felt “empty” upon hearing the news.

“One of the saddest days of my life,” he wrote on Facebook. “I will try to start to find the good in all of this.”

Ferguson also shared a video he said Sotomayor sent him shortly before the shooting, urging him to join him at Pulse – watch the clip below.

Juan Ramon Guerrero and Christopher Andrew Leinonen
The young couple had been together for two years.

Friends wrote tributes to Guerrero on his Instagram account, saying they couldn’t believe he had been taken so soon.

“I’m so messed up about this,” one friend wrote. “You didn’t deserve to have your life taken away. This hate needs to stop. Rest in peace.”

Leinonen’s mother featured on various new programmes since the shooting, touching the hearts of people across the world as she begged for stricter gun laws.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23

Almodovar was originally from Massachusetts but was living in Clermont, Florida, where he worked as a pharmacy technician.

Many friends posted on his Facebook page after his death was announced – with one person writing that he was “always bubbly and super down to earth and such a sweet guy.”

KJ Morris, 37

KJ Morris worked as a bouncer at Pulse on the night of the shooting. Friends said they remembered Morris’ dancing and infectious smile.

“You always lit up a room with your smile,” Latricia Brown wrote on Facebook.

“That beautiful smile will forever be engraved in my mind,” Ashley Ann Matthews added.

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30

Eddie texted his mother as the madness unfolded around him.

He told her he loved her and asked her to call the police.

“Mommy I love you. In club they shooting,” to which she replies: “U ok”. He then writes: “Trapp [sic] in bathroom”.

When his mum asks “what club”, the man wrote a number of messages, replying: “I’m gonna die”.

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20

Friends and family identified Capo as “Omar” on Facebook.

One relative asked his friends to pray for his family in light of Capo’s death.

“God bless us all and give us strength in our time of need,” he wrote.

“Lord guide us with your light so we don’t live in fear of the darkness evil brings.”

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36

Originally from Puerto Rico, Ortiz had been married to his husband for nearly a year.

“I have no words to describe this great friend and human being, and above all, my brother,” a close friend wrote on Facebook.

“Everyone who knows us knows what a great friendship we shared and what a great man he was. I adore you. You’ll always be in my heart.”

His cousin, Orlando Gonzalez described him as “artistic” and a “goofball” who liked to dance.

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22

Peter Ommy Gonzalez-Cruz worked at UPS.

In a Facebook post, Cruz’s mother thanked everyone for their sympathy.

“Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love that you have shown me regarding my son,” she wrote.

“I will keep you informed. As a mother, I feel a deep and immense pain as everyone else who’s going through this.”

Luis S. Vielma, 22

Vielma was a student at Seminole State College of Florida and worked at Universal Orlando Resort, operating the ride ‘Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey’.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling tweeted her grief over his death. “He was 22 years old. I can’t stop crying.”

Related topics: LGBT, omar mateen, Orlando, Orlando Massacre, Pulse, shooting, US

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