Authorities Reveal Names of Orlando Shooting Victims
Authorities have begun to release the names of the victims from the Orlando massacre, America’s deadliest mass shooting.
According to officials, 49 victims were killed in the attack at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in the early Sunday morning (June 12) hours. Another 53 were injured.
The City of Orlando writes on their website:
On this very difficult day, we offer heartfelt condolences to today’s victims and their families. Our City is working tirelessly to get as much information out to the families so they can begin the grieving process. Please keep the following individuals in your thoughts and prayers. #PrayforOrlando.
The city has released the names and ages of the deceased after contacting their next of kin; today, Orlando police said 48 out of 49 victims have been identified.
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Edward Sotomayor’s cousin, David Sotomayor, told The Associated Press Sunday that Edward worked for a company that held gay cruises and often traveled to promote the company’s events called Al and Chuck Travel. “He was just always part of the fun.”
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
According to CBS News:
Stanley Almodovar III’s mother had prepared a tomato-and-cheese dip for him to eat when he came home from his night out. Instead, Rosalie Ramos was awakened by a call at 2 a.m. Sunday telling her something had happened. Ramos told the Orlando Sentinel her son, a 23-year-old pharmacy technician, posted a Snapchat video of himself singing and laughing on his way to Pulse nightclub. “I wish I had that (video) to remember him forever,” she told the newspaper.
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Luis Omar Capo was a dancer. A former teacher told The Daily Beast he was “a ray of sunshine every day.”
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Guerrero’s cousin Robert Guerrero said he worked as a telemarketer and recently started attending college at the University of Central Florida. Although he didn’t know what he wanted to study, he was happy to be in school. CBS News adds he was in a relationship “with a person his relatives came to regard as a member of the family, Guerrero said.”
“He was always this amazing person (and) he was like a big brother to me,” Guerrero said of his cousin. “He was never the type to go out to parties, would rather stay home and care for his niece and nephew.”
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen was with his boyfriend, Juan Guerrero, 22, who was also killed.
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
According to his Facebook page, Ortiz-Rivera was originally from Puerto Rico and studied at the Univercidad Central de Bayamon. He was visiting Orlando from Miami.
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Gonzalez-Cruz was known amongst friends and family as “Ommy,” and worked at UPS. According to his aunt, Sonia Cruz, he was the life of the party. “Peter makes a difference everywhere he goes. He was a happy person. If Peter is not at the party, no one wants to go.”
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
According to The Daily Beast, Menendez went to Pulse with with his friend Gonzalez Cruz. He was originally from Puerto Rico,and was studying health-care management at a local university.
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
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Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Kimberly Morris had recently moved to Orlando and taken a job at Pulse as a bouncer. Her ex-girlfriend Starr Shelton told the paper, “She was so excited. She’d just started working there and told me how she was thrilled to get more involved in the LGBT community there.”
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Eddie Justice texted his mother from the bathroom of the nightclub. “He’s coming. I’m gonna die,” he wrote. Over 15 hours later, his mother Mina Justice hadn’t heard from her son. Monday morning, he was added to the list of the deceased.
GoFundMe page describes Justice, an accountant, as “very loving and outgoing and he is the life of the party.”
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Darryl Burt was a financial aid officer at a local college who worked with military service members. Friends say he recently earned his Master’s degree. “He definitely leaves an impression and had a big personality and he is missed,” the president of Keiser University’s Jacksonville campus said.
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton worked at Pulse, her aunt said on Facebook, commenting that her murder was “senseless.”
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Alejando Martinez grew up in Cuba and recently moved to Orlando to live with his father.
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Anthony Laureanodisla was also known as Alanis Laurell in the drag community.
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez and his partner for many years, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37, were both murdered. The Daily Beast reports they met at Perfumania, where Perez worked.
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
His sister Sarah Lopez told People, “Jimmy was lovable, outgoing. He was one of those guys that you wanted to be friends with, you know? One of those people who brightened a room when he walked in. How many people can do that with a smile? Not many. But Jimmy did.”
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Amanda Alvear was a nursing student at the University of South Florida. Alvear was at Pulse with her best friend, Mercedez Flores, 26, who was also killed.
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
According to People, Rosado was the father of a five-year-old child and also a professional dancer, specializing in salsa. His close friend Glenda Padua says he used to dance for Disney and Universal Studios. “He was a great, great father. He was just the most fun, happiest guy you could ever know.”
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
ABC News reports Rios was from Brooklyn. His mother says that she is on her way from New York to Florida to identify her son’s body.
The Daily Beast reports that Rios flew from New York to Orlando for his friend’s birthday. He was attending nursing school, and also worked as a social worker for the elderly in east Brooklyn.
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato was a married father of three. He and his family owned four restaurants in the area.
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jorge-Reyes’s friend Dr. Charmaine Ortiz tells People, “He was so funny and so alive and savvy. He had an extreme talent for the arts and was very creative with makeup.”
The Daily Beast reports he was a supervisor at Gucci and studied tourism at Academia San Antonio de Guayama in Puerto Rico. His coworker, Leonel Melendez was also at Pulse and was shot in the head. He is still in a coma.
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Joel Paniagua grew up in Veracruz, Mexico. He lived near Tampa and worked long hours in construction. He “worked day and night to send all his money to his family,” a friend wrote in Spanish on Facebook, according to CNN.
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Jason Josaphat is one of the youngest victim authorities have identified. On Sunday morning, he called his mother from Pulse. According to the Orlando Sentinel, she told him to hide in the bathroom. An Orlando native, he recently began taking classes at Valencia College, and was interested in computer science.
ʺHe was a sweet sweet kid that had a bright future ahead of him,ʺ Southern Technical Admissions Representative Fechete Mundo wrote on Facebook.
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Cory Connell was a student at Valencia college studying sports journalism and broadcasting. According to CNN, he was at Pulse with his girlfriend, who survived. Connell’s brother described Cory as being the family “super hero” who had an “amazing soul.”
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Juan Velazquez and Luis Conde were partners. Velazquez was a hairstylist and Conde a makeup artist, and they owned a salon together.
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson was the lead singer in Frequency Band, a local cover hang of Top 40 hits, his friend of over ten years, Jai Saint, told People. “He has a great voice, he is so popular around here. Honestly it’s hard not to enjoy his voice. When he sings it just kinda flows and makes you happy. Orlando will miss his voice. The world will miss his voice.”
“He’s extremely positive, he’s all about life and living it to the fullest. He had amazing energy, which is hard to come by these days.”
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez was an employee at Reunion Resorts.
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old
Jerald Wright was a seasonal employee at Walt Disney World. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he was at Pulse celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday party.
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Leroy Fernandez was an Orlando-based leasing agent. His manager told the Orlando Sentinel, “He sang Adele in the office until we couldn’t take it anymore. It just feels very quiet, now.”
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Tevin Crosby is from Statesville, North Carolina, and studied business administration at Strayer University South.
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Jonathan Camuy was an assistant producer for Telemundo in Orlando. Cesar Conde, the Chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, explains Camuy most recently worked on audience development for the show “La Voz Kids.”
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Jean Rodriguez bought his first home a little over a month ago because he wanted his mom to live in a nice place. “He was just a caring, loving guy — just like a big teddy bear,” his friend Ivonne Irizarry told the paper.
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala was from Puerto Rico. He loved dancing and worked at a blood donation center.
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Brenda McCool was a Brooklyn native who had 11 kids, and beat cancer twice. She recently moved to Orlando to be closer to her six youngest children, the youngest of whom is 12. She was at Pulse dancing with her 21-year-old son, who survived the shooting. They were regulars at Pulse. A relative told the Daily News that McCool told her son (and dancing partner) Isaiah Henderson to get down when the shooting started around 2 a.m. “That’s how much she loved her kids,” McCool’s sister-in-law told the News. “If it weren’t for her, he’d of been shot.”
She uploaded this video to Facebook from earlier in the night:
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Angel Candelario-Padro recently moved to Orlando and had started a job as a technician at the Florida Retina Institute.
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
He worked at a Calvin Klein store and had “love has no gender” tattooed on his arm.
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Paul Henry’s boyfriend, Francisco Hernandez, said he plans to go back to school. “He knew I had potential for greater things,” Hernandez told the paper. “I had three years of college but didn’t finish. He wanted the best for me, to succeed and to help me make something of myself. I am definitely going to do that for him. I am going to make something of myself.”
He was from Chicago, loved to dance and have fun. Henry had two children. His daughter, Alexia, recently graduated high school.
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Antonio Brown was a former student at Florida A&M University. He was a criminal justice major and a member of ROTC before graduating in 2008, according to the school. According to the U.S. Army, he was a Captain serving as a Troop Program Unit soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Christopher Sanfeliz worked at a bank and according to CNN, was said to be the most positive guy around.
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
Geraldo Ortiz-Jimenez was the last person to be identified.
We will update as more information becomes available.