Father Refuses to Claim Body of Orlando Shooting Victim

This is absolutely heartbreaking.

Well, this is awful and heartbreaking. 

The Advocate reports (opens in new tab) that although 48 of the 49 Orlando shooting victims' bodies were claimed by family, one father of a gay man who died in the Orlando shooting rejected his son's body.

The names of the men were not released so as not to "further victimize the deceased," but many, including The Advocate, said the action of a family rejecting their gay child's dead body harkened back to the not-so-distant past.

 "[This] case echoes a reality that was widely seen during the height of the AIDS crisis, in which countless numbers of young gay men died and family members did not claim the bodies of their so-called loved ones," they wrote.

Fortunately, the Orange County Medical Examiner and Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System convinced other family members living in Orlando to claim the body and arrange a funeral. 

"The tale is part of the untold stories of the Latino victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre," the Orlando Latino (opens in new tab) wrote.

Thankfully this was the only case of its kind from the Orlando shooting.

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