They were sons, brothers, sisters, daughters, and beloved friends. They were young men and women in the prime of their lives, with bright futures ahead of them. But they were gunned down at the hands of a mass killer, while having a fun night out at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
So far, the city of Orlando has released 47 names of the deceased from the massacre. Here are the lives that were taken away in this tragedy.
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Sotomayor was the national brand manager at ALandCHUCK.travel, a travel agency catering to the LGBT community, and coordinated themed cruises around the TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He recently put together the first-ever gay cruise to Cuba, and urged people to not let the fear of homophobia get in their way of traveling the world.
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Almodovar, who worked as a pharmacy technician, is remembered as "an amazing person with a good soul," his aunt Yoly told the Orlando Sentinel. The Springfield, Massachusetts native loved to change his hairstyles and play around with Snapchat. His mother even left some tomato and cheese dip in the fridge for him to enjoy when he came home from Pulse the night of the shooting.
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Ocasio-Capo was seen by friends, family, and colleagues as a joyful young man who brought happiness wherever he went. "He lit up any area he worked in, especially Starbucks," one of his Target coworkers said, according to BuzzFeed. "So sad that his life was cut so short by such an evil person."
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, and Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
Time reports Guerrero and Leinonen lived together and had been dating for almost two years before they were killed. They will be remembered at a joint funeral. "They were honestly so in love. They were soul mates. You can tell by how they looked at each other," Juan's sister Aryam said. "It's a little comforting that they died together."
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Ortiz-Rivera came to Orlando from Puerto Rico to advance his career and be near a brother and an aunt, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He worked in merchandise management for Ross, and wasn't normally a "club-scene person," but had gone to Pulse with friends after a housewarming party.
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Gonzalez-Cruz was a UPS employee at the time of his death. According to NJ.com and his Facebook page, he had lived in Central African Republic and New Jersey before moving to Orlando.
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Vielma worked at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. He was mourned by J.K. Rowling herself on social media, and loved ones said that "he brought smiles to everyone he met."
Kimberly Morris, 37
Morris, who went by KJ, had recently moved to Orlando from Connecticut and worked as a bouncer at Pulse, according to NBC Connecticut. The massacre occurred on her first week on the job. TMZ reports that she was a former college athlete, and MassLive.com notes that she was a drag performer under the name Daddy K.
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
During the shooting, Justice sent a series of text messages to his mother. "Mommy I love you. In the club they shooting," he wrote. "I'm gonna die. He's coming. I'm gonna die." He worked as an accountant and lived in downtown Orlando, and loved to crack jokes and make people laugh, according to the Associated Press.
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
According to Flores' Facebook page, she worked at Target and attended Valencia Community College. Originally from Queens, New York, she lived in Davenport, Florida, at the time of the shooting. She was at Pulse Nightclub with her friend, Amanda Alvear, 25, who was also killed, according to Fox 13.
Amanda Alvear, 25
Alvear was filming her Snapchat story the night of the attack and even captured footage from inside the club. According to The Huffington Post, Alvear was an aspiring nurse and was out with her friend Mercedez Flores, who was also killed. Her brother, Brian, told The Ledger that she was hiding in the bathroom the last time he heard from her.
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Rosado worked at Disney Live!, a touring show featuring Disney characters, according to his Facebook page. His profile features multiple photos of him with a child, along with many comments referencing that it was his son.
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Menendez was a sales associate at Speedway and studied health care management at the Metro Orlando campus of the Ana G. Mendez University System, his Facebook profile says. He was originally from Manati, Puerto Rico, but lived in Orlando at the time of the shooting.
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31, and Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
A friend, Samuel Vilchez Santiago, posted on Facebook that Simon was at Pulse with Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26, who was also killed. He went on to say about the two men: "Not only were they one of the best couples I have ever seen, but they had just bought their first house, were doing great economically, and were about to graduate from college."
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25
Rios, a New York native, was a coordinator at True Care Home Health Care Agency. According to posts on his Facebook wall, he also worked at LaGuardia Airport. He studied social work at St. Francis College and lived in Brooklyn. According to a GoFundMe page set up by his mom, he was visiting from New York on a vacation. The Orlando Sentinel reported that he was in Orlando to celebrate a friend's birthday.
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
According to his Facebook page, Honorato worked at FajitaMex Mexican Catering and lived in Apopka, Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Miguel was a father to three children. His brother, Jose Honorato, said that he went to Pulse Nightclub with some friends.
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
According to his Facebook page, Jorge-Reyes was a supervisor at Gucci. Originally from Puerto Rico, he was living in Orlando. A friend's Facebook post suggests that he was at the club with friend Leonel Melendez, who is alive but in a coma, according to the Advocate.
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
Josaphat was studying computer science at Valencia College, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Josaphat called his mother from Pulse, and she told him to hide in a bathroom stall, while she called the police.
Cory James Connell, 21
Connell graduated Edgewater High School in Orlando and was studying journalism and broadcasting at Valencia College, according to his Facebook page. The Orlando Sentinel reported Connell's brother wrote on Facebook that his family lost their "super hero." According to WPLG Local 10 News, Connell was walking to his car with his girlfriend when he was shot. His girlfriend is in stable condition.
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37, and Luis Daniel Conde, 39
According to LGBT magazine QSaltLake, Velazquez was the owner of D'Magazine Salon and Spa. BuzzFeed reported that Velazquez was at the nightclub with his partner Luis Conde. Both are originally from Puerto Rico, and the salon's website lists them both as employees and owners.
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Shane Evan Tomlinson sang with his cover band Frequency at the Blue Martini nightclub the night of the shooting, presumably before heading to Pulse. Tomlinson lived in Orlando and studied at East Carolina University, according to his Facebook page.
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Crosby studied business administration at Strayer University in South Charlotte, North Carolina, and was originally from Statesville, North Carolina, according to his Facebook page.
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
Burt was from Jacksonville, Florida and worked as a financial aid officer at Keiser University, according to Jacksonville.com. FirstCoastNews.com reports that Burt was an active member in the Junior Chamber International-Florida leadership nonprofit organization, also known as the Jacksonville Jaycees.
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
The Daily Beast reports that Drayton worked at Pulse when the tragedy occurred.
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25
Laureano Disla was a Puerto Rican native who was pursing a career as a dancer and choreographer in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He was at Pulse with a group of friends, including his two roommates who were critically injured; their status has since been upgraded to stable.
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35, and Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Perez was at Pulse with his longtime partner, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, who also died in Sunday's attack. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Perez was a Puerto Rican native who worked at Perfumania in Orlando. Perez and Wilson-Leon met nearly a decade ago at the store, when Perez helped Wilson-Leon purchase a fragrance.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Wilson-Leon grew up in Puerto Rico and later moved to Vero Beach, Florida. He was a manager at a shoe store and his friend of nearly 20 years Daniel Gmys-Casiano, told the Sentinel, "He was my hero. He was a very loving person. He was strong. He would stand to protect his friends."
Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velazquez, 50
The Huffington Post reports that DeJesus worked for Forever21 as a visual merchandiser and was originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, but lived in Orlando at the time of the attack.
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Torres was originally from Puerto Rico and was visiting family in Orlando. BuzzFeed reports that Torres was active on social media the day of the attack, stating in various videos that he had just arrived in Orlando and was going to visit his nephew.
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
NBC Miami reports that Camuy worked on the Telemundo show La Voz Kids, which is produced in Orlando. He moved to Miami from Puerto Rico before moving to the Orlando area to take the job.
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
According to his Facebook page, Ayala was a Puerto Rico native who studied human resources and worked at OneBlood, an organization that is now calling for blood donors after the shooting.
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
Actor Wilson Cruz posted a tribute to McCool, his mother's stepsister, online, calling her "a fighter, a cancer survivor, a stellar mother, [and] a fierce advocate for her LGBT family." "She was hilarious and loving and tore up the dance floor when salsa or anything was playing," he added. Her last Facebook post was a video of a nightclub scene, and may have been at Pulse before the shooting began. The New York Post reports that she had 11 children, and was still fighting two different types of cancer.
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
According to his Facebook, Candelario was originally from Puerto Rico, studied nursing, and worked as an opthalmic technician and Zumba instructor in Orlando before his death.
Frank Hernandez, 27
According to the Miami Herald, Hernandez's sister, Julissa Leal, drove frantically for 12 hours from Louisiana to Orlando when she found out he had been shot. He worked at a Calvin Klein store in Orlando, where he had lived for the past three years.
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
According to his Facebook page, Sanfeliz was born in Cuba and most recently lived in Tampa. His brother posted that he was "the most important person in my life" and "the light of my family."
The following people are also on Orlando's list of victims. We will update this article as more information about them comes in.
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
Paul Terrell Henry, 41
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
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