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The Faces of Orlando

Fifty people were killed when an assault rifle-wielding gunman opened fire inside a crowded gay night club in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning. Most died inside the club, but 11 died at area hospitals. Another 53 people were injured in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. These are the stories of the victims.

  • Names released
    The City of Orlando has released the names of the victims who were killed in the gay nightclub shooting early Sunday morning:

    1. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
    2. Stanley Almodovar III, 23
    3. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
    4. Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
    5. Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
    6. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
    7. Luis S. Vielma, 22
    8. Kimberly Morris, 37
    9. Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 
    10. Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 
    11. Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 
    12. Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 
    13. Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 
    14. Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 
    15. Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
    16. Amanda Alvear, 25
    17. Martin Benitez Torres, 33
    18. Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
    19. Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 
    20. Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 
    21. Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
    22. Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
    23. Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26
    24. Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25
    25. Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
    26. Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
    27. Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
    28. Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
    29. Cory James Connell, 21
    30. Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
    31. Luis Daniel Conde, 39
    32. Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
    33. Juan Chavez-Martinez, 25
    34. Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
    35. Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
    36. Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
    37. Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
    38. Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
    39. Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
    40. Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 
    41. Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
    42. Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
    43. Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
    44. Frank Hernandez, 27
    45. Paul Terrell Henry, 41
    46. Antonio Davon Brown, 29
    47. Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
    48. Akyra Monet Murray, 18
    49. Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23

    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.

    A friend, Hazel Ramirez, told the Washington Post she also saw a video from Almodovar on Snapchat and learned Sunday afternoon what had happened.

    Ramirez described Almodovar as “kind, but sassy,” and someone who was comfortable with his own sexual identity.

    “He was so proud of who he was,” she told the Post. “He would do his makeup better than anyone else. It was so easy to be myself with him.

    - The Associated Press
     
     
     
     
     
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22

    Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, told his cousin Robert Guerrero he was gay about two years ago, but he was worried about how the rest of his family would react. He did not tell them until just before the beginning of this year. And when he did?

    “They were very accepting,” said Guerrero, 19. “As long as he was happy, they were OK with it.”

    On Sunday morning, after learning that so many people had died at a gay nightclub, Pulse, that his cousin had gone to once in a while, Guerrero started to become concerned. Later in the day, his fears were realized when the family learned that Guerrero was identified as one of the victims.

    Robert Guerrero said his cousin worked as a telemarketer and in recent months he started attending college at the University of Central Florida. Guerrero said his cousin didn’t quite know what he wanted to study, but he was happy to be in school. And he was happy 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,” he 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.”

    -The Associated Press
  • Luis Vielma, 22

    R.I.P. to fellow UO team member Luis Vielma. This is all too unreal.

    #pulse #orlando #universalstudios #universalorlando #florida
    by captonhowdee via Instagram
     
     
    Everyone loved Luis Vielma, a 22-year-old who worked at Universal Studios, friends said.
     
    High school friend Eddi Anderson told the Tampa Bay Times that Vielma loved his job at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and was known for his pleasant attitude and warm demeanor.
     
    Josh Boesch, who worked with Vielma at Universal, told the Orlando Sentinel: “He was always a friend you could call. He was always open and available.”
     
    Vielma “just wanted to make people smile,” another co-worker, Olga Glomba, said.
     
    The Associated Press
  • Kimberly Morris, 37

     
    Kimberly Morris, 37, moved to Orlando just months ago and had taken a job at Pulse nightclub as a bouncer, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
     
    “She was so excited,” ex-girlfriend Starr Shelton told the newspaper. “She’d just started working there and told me how she was thrilled to get more involved in the LGBT community there,” Shelton said.
     
    Friends described Morris as a kind, sweet person.
     
    Narvell Benning met Morris when they were in college at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut, where Benning said they both played basketball.
     
    “I can’t think of a time when I did not see a smile on her face,” Benning told the Sentinel. “I’m so thankful of the good memories I have of her. This is just unreal.
     
    - The Associated Press
     
     
  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34

     
     

    Edward Sotomayor, 34, was a caring, energetic man known for wearing a silly top hat on cruises, according to David Sotomayor, who said the two discovered they were cousins after meeting at Orlando’s annual Gay Days festival around a decade ago.

    David Sotomayor, who lives in Chicago, told The Associated Press Sunday that Edward worked for a company that held gay cruises and often traveled to promote the company’s events.

    “He was just always part of the fun,” David Sotomayor said.

    The two texted regularly and kept in touch, last seeing each other earlier this year at a filming of the television reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” David Sotomayor said.

    David Sotomayor is a drag queen who appeared on a season of the show using the name “Jade.” He said Edward Sotomayor supported him and often sent him Facebook messages. They last exchanged messages late last week.

    “You never think that’s going to be the last time you speak to him,” David Sotomayor said. “It’s just heartbreaking to know it just can happen anytime.”

    -The Associated Press

  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22

    Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 — known among family and friends as “Ommy” — was always 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,” his aunt, Sonia Cruz, said.

    Gonzalez-Cruz went to Pulse on Saturday night with his best friend, 25-year-old Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez. After news of the mass shooting emerged, Cruz said she held out hope for hours that her nephew would turn up in a hospital bed.

    But late Sunday afternoon, she was told he was among those killed at the club.

    Cruz said she had her nephew’s car keys and was hoping to collect his car Sunday evening. It was parked at a Wendy’s across the street from Pulse, one of many with yellow police caution tape tucked under the windshield wipers, vehicles left behind by victims of the shooting.

    Cruz said her nephew worked at UPS.

    - The Associated Press

     
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20

    At first, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo seemed brash to 70-year-old Claudia Mason, who worked with “Omar” at the Starbucks inside a Kissimmee Target store.

    But after getting to know her much younger co-worker, “I realized he had a very outgoing personality,” said Mason. “His sense of humor was definitely his defining personality trait.”

    Ocasio-Capo, 20, was hired as a cashier before moving over to the Starbucks, and became a great barista, Mason said.

    “I think he found his niche at Starbucks,” she said. “Omar got along with everyone. Young, old, male, female, gay, or straight, it didn’t matter to Omar.”

    - The Associated Press

     
  • Eddie Justice, 22

     
    Eddie Jamoldroy Justice tapped out a series of chilling text messages to his mother from a bathroom at the Orlando nightclub. The 45-minute exchange began with a message of love.
     
    “Mommy I love you,” the first message to Mina Justice said at 2:06 a.m. The messages stopped shortly after he confirmed to her that the shooter was nearby.
     
    Eddie Justice, 30, was normally a homebody who liked to eat and work out, his mother said. He liked to make everyone laugh. He worked as an accountant and lived in a condo in downtown Orlando.
     
    “Lives in a sky house, like the Jeffersons,” she would say. “He lives rich.”
     
    -- The Associated Press
  • Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33

     
    Singing was Shane Tomlinson’s passion. He had just performed as the lead vocalist with “The Frequency Band” on Saturday night at Blue Martini club before going to Pulse, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
     
    “He was destined for a grand stage and he was doing exactly what he wanted to do,” said Dr. Lathan Turner, associate director of student transitions at Eastern Carolina University, where Tomlinson graduated in 2003 with a degree in communication.
     
    Tomlinson, 33, was a vibrant and charismatic lead vocalist for the band, performing at night clubs and weddings in the Orlando area.
     
    “I’ve never met anyone like him,” said Carey Sobel, an Orlando resident who hired Tomlinson’s band to play for his upcoming wedding. “He was really special.”
     
    Tarrick Cox, an advisor for Eastern Carolina’s gospel choir who worked with Tomlinson when he was a member, remembers his contagious personality and the laughter that surrounded him.
     
    “He was gifted and creative. He was a go-getter,” Cox said in a statement from the university.
     
    -- The Associated Press
  • Enrique Rios Jr., 25

     
    Gertrude Merced says that even though her heart is broken at the death of her 25-year-old son Enrique Rios, she has already forgiven the gunman.
     
    Rios, who lived in Brooklyn, was in Orlando to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
     
    “I’m not angry at the gunman. I’m angry about the situation. I’m going to forever miss my son … but I still have the hope that I’m going to see him again one day,” Merced told reporters as she packed her bags outside her New York apartment and headed to Florida.
     
    Rios’ Facebook page says he worked with a home health care agency and his mother said he had a heart for helping the elderly. He transferred to St. Francis College in Brooklyn last year where he was studying social work.
     
    Family and friends said he was determined, always helping others and had a heart of gold.
     
    -- The Associated Press
  • Miguel Angel Honorato, 30

     
    Jose Honorato wrote a simple, heartfelt message on his brother’s Facebook page Sunday: “Come home bro, I’m waiting for you.”
     
    Miguel Honorato did not survive the shooting.
     
    A father of three, among them a one and two-year-old, 30-year-old Miguel Honorato managed four restaurants in central Florida along with a catering business on the side and was always the one to drop everything to help out his family, which included seven siblings.
     
    “He was my mentor and my supporter. He helped very much in my parent’s house and work,” Jose Honorato said. Even though Miguel was younger he was the one who gave sage advice about the family business, his brother said.
     
    Jose Honorato changed his Facebook photo Monday to one of the two brothers smiling over a charcoal grill, one of many happy memories cooking together.
     
    -- The Associated Press
  • Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 

    Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32, was quick to tell someone off if she thought they were in the wrong, but it was her way of showing she cared, an ex-girlfriend said.

    Drayton had been in legal trouble involving drugs, but Ashleigh Alleyne told the Orlando Sentinel that Drayton was changing after they had been arrested together a couple years ago.

    “She was actually putting in effort, because we both hit rock bottom at the same time,” Alleyne said. “She pushed me to get through her issues, and I always tried to do the same for her.”

    -The Associated Press

    In this Wednesday, June 15, 2016 photo, Andrea Drayton holds a family photo of her and her daughter Deonka Drayton (right), a victim of the recent mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
     
  • Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25

     
    Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25, started dancing at the age of 10 and was comfortable with any number of styles, from salsa to ballroom, his cousin Ana Figueroa said.
     
    Figueroa told the Orlando Sentinel that he had texted her Saturday inviting her out for a night of dancing at Pulse nightclub. She responded that she was too tired.
     
    He was out with two roommates, both of whom were injured in the shooting, she said. The newspaper did not identify the roommates.
     
    Born in Puerto Rico, Laureanodisla moved to Orlando about three years ago to become a dancer and choreographer, Figueroa told the newspaper.
     
    “I want people to remember Anthony as someone who was very happy and very kind,” Figueroa said. “This is just devastating for our family and his friends.”
     
    -- The Associated Press
  • Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35

  • Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50

  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37

  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35

     
    ...a dancer known by the stage name Eman Valentino. That dancer was Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35, who also died and left behind a young son who had graduated from pre-kindergarten earlier this month.
     
    “I have no words to express how proud and happy I am of my little boy,” Rosado, 35, wrote on Facebook recently about his son.
     
    A friend described Rosado as hard-working, talkative and friendly. Said Yemil Royce: “He was a lovely friend, brother and father.”
     
    A YouTube video shows him dancing as an elegantly dressed Eman Valentino at the Orlando club Parliament House. He wears a cape, tie and gloves and collects tips from the audience between high kicks and spins.
     
    -- The Associated Press
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25

  • Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31

  • Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26

  • Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19

  • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37

  • Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25

     
    Tevin Eugene Crosby’s inspirational posts on Facebook — “2016 will be the best year ever” — represented his drive for success.
     
    Chavis Crosby, told the Orlando Sentinel that his brother was ambitious and hard-working. “Whatever goal he had in mind, he worked hard. Whether alone or on a team, he worked on that goal.”
     
    Tevin Crosby, 25, was director of operations for a Michigan marketing firm. He recently visited his family in Statesville, North Carolina, to watch several nieces and nephews graduate. Then he traveled to Orlando after passing along some brotherly advice about business and setting goals.
     
    He loved to travel for work and fun, Chavis Crosby said.
     
    “He was definitely a good person and a good brother to me,” he said.
     
    -- The Associated Press
  • Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49

  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25

     

    Leroy Valentin Fernandez recently had found a job as a leasing agent for an Orlando apartment complex, said his friend, Jennifer Rodriguez. "He had finally found something he liked. He was taking care of his mom," she said.

    He was her hair stylist and became one of her best friends, she said. "He was like a brother," she said. "He was just really very spirited and always happy, you know?"

    Fernandez, 25, recently had been dating an older man, a dancer known by the stage name Eman Valentino. That dancer was Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35, who also died and left behind a young son who had graduated from pre-kindergarten earlier this month.

    "I have no words to express how proud and happy I am of my little boy," Rosado, 35, wrote on Facebook recently about his son.

    A friend described Rosado as hard-working, talkative and friendly. Said Yemil Royce: "He was a lovely friend, brother and father."

    A YouTube video shows him dancing as an elegantly dressed Eman Valentino at the Orlando club Parliament House. He wears a cape, tie and gloves and collects tips from the audience between high kicks and spins.

    -The Associated Press

     
     
  • Mercedes Marisol Flores, 26

    Mercedez Marisol Flores went to Pulse nightclub almost every weekend, Flores' sister-in-law said Monday, often with her best friend Amanda Alvear. Both women died in the shooting.

    "She was very outgoing," Nancy Flores said of Mercedez Flores. "She had lots of friends. They used to always meet up at Pulse."

    Born in Queens, New York, the 26-year-old Flores moved to Florida when she was a child, her sister-in-law said. She worked at Target and studied at Valencia College, a local community college. She wanted to become a party planner so she could coordinate events with her two older brothers, who are both DJs.

    Alvear, 25, had bonded with friend Sandy Marte over breakups and health problems. Marte said he was trying to comfort her after the breakup. She had lost a lot of weight following gastric bypass surgery and Marte encouraged her to socialize and enjoy life.

    "She was loving, she was caring, she always had an open ear, she always wanted to help people," Marte said of his friend Alvear. "She had an amazing heart. She was a really good person."

    Both women posted on Snapchat from the nightclub before the shooting.

    Flores' family spent hours waiting at Orlando Regional Medical Center, then a staging area at a nearby hotel.

    Someone came to read the names of victims still hospitalized or being released. Mercedez Flores' name wasn't on the list.

    It wasn't until the early hours of Monday that her father got a call from the sheriff's office that his daughter had died, Nancy Flores said.

    Marte said a post from Alvear on Snapchat showed a packed club full of revelers, flashing lights and thumping music. Then a selfie video of Alvear with a series of gunshots in the background.

    Marte said he understands what it's like to be at a nightclub during a shooting. He was at the Glitz Ultra Lounge in Orlando in February when two people were killed. He said he froze in place from the shock of it.

    -The Associated Press
  • Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32

     
    Christine Leinonen drove to Orlando at 4 a.m. Sunday from Polk County, southwest of the city, after learning of the shooting from a friend of her 32-year-old son, Christopher Leinonen.
     
    Her son had gone to the club with his friend Brandon Wolf when the shooting started, she said. Wolf texted that a shooting occurred and that her son was missing.
     
    She arrived in Orlando and began checking emergency rooms to find her son. She never did, and his death was confirmed on Monday.
     
    “These are nonsensical killings of our children,” she said, sobbing. “They’re killing our babies!”
     
    She said Wolf survived by hiding in a bathroom and running out as the bullets flew.
     
    -- The Associated Press
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18

     
    Last Monday, Akyra Murray, who turned 18 in January, graduated third in her class of 42 students at West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia, where she had also been a 1,000-point scorer on the basketball team. She had recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Mercyhurst University in Erie.
     
    “She was very loving, caring, out to help anybody,” her mother, Natalie Murray, recalled.
     
    To celebrate her graduation, Akyra, her parents and her 4-year-old sister traveled to Orlando for a family vacation.
     
    On Saturday, Murray told her parents she wanted to party in downtown Orlando. They dropped her off at Pulse at 11:30 Saturday night.
     
    At about 2 a.m., Akyra Murray sent a text message to her mother, saying that she and her cousins wanted to be picked up. She said there had been a shooting.
     
    Moments later, the phone rang.
     
    “She was saying she was shot and she was screaming, saying she was losing a lot of blood,” Natalie Murray said.
     
    Murray said her daughter was hiding in a bathroom stall, cowering from the shooter, her arm bleeding for hours with no medical treatment.
     
    Akyra Murray told her mother to call police and send help.
     
    They never spoke again. “It was devastating,” Natalie Murray said.
     
    -- The Associated Press
  • Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24

     
     
     
    Jonathan Camuy had been an active member in one of our student chapters in Puerto Rico before moving to Florida to work for the Telemundo network.
    Jonathan worked on the hit show “La Voz Kids” that airs on the network and is produced in Orlando.
    The NAHJ familia is heartbroken and offers our condolences to Jonathan’s family in Florida and Puerto Rico. 
  • Amanda Alvear, 25

     
    Amanda Alvear went to Pulse nightclub with her best friend, Mercedez Marisol Flores, according to The Associated Press. Both women died in the shooting. 
     
     
    ...
     
    Alvear, 25, had bonded with friend Sandy Marte over breakups and health problems. Marte said he was trying to comfort her after the breakup. She had lost a lot of weight following gastric bypass surgery and Marte encouraged her to socialize and enjoy life.
     
    “She was loving, she was caring, she always had an open ear, she always wanted to help people,” Marte said of his friend Alvear. “She had an amazing heart. She was a really good person.”
     
    Both women [Alvear and Flores]  posted on Snapchat from the nightclub before the shooting.
     
  • Juan Rivera Velazquez, 37 and Luis Daniel Conde, 39. Partners, celebrating a friend's birthday, killed. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck4CKMEUgAAdA7t.jpg

  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33, worked at a blood donation center and "loved to dance salsa" thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/… http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck37MfeUkAEZY7T.jpg

  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28, said he "would like to live the life completely.” thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/… http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck3yYpJWgAA-LSB.jpg

  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32, "was always trying to do stuff to make you feel better" thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/… http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck3_eWtWsAAjiLS.jpg

  • Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24

  • Paul Terrell Henry, 41

    Paul Terrell Henry, who died in the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub. (Facebook via AP)

    Paul Henry loved to dance and have fun, and excelled at pool. He loved his family, including two children. His daughter, Alexia, recently graduated high school.

    "He knew I had the potential for greater things,'' said a heartbroken Francisco Hernandez, Paul Henry's boyfriend. "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.''

    - Orlando Sentinel
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24

     

    Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24, was out for a night of dancing with her brother-in law and a friend, and posed for a photo before a gunman opened fire.

    Known as “Mary” to family and friends, Rodriguez Solivan was married to race car driver Juan Borges and had two children, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

    Her friend, Jonathan Antonio Camuy, also died. Her brother-in-law, William Sabad Borges, was shot twice, but the injuries were not serious, the newspaper reported.

    “I swear, my heart has a ladder tall enough to reach you both,” Sabad Borges wrote on Facebook. “Mary, you leave me with a pain that I never thought I would feel.”

    - The Associated Press

  • Geraldo Ortiz-Jimenez, 25

     

    Geraldo Ortiz-Jimenez, 25, was known to friends and on Facebook as “Drake.” He was proud of his Dominican heritage, posing with a flag of the Dominican Republic in celebration of a Dominican model winning Nuestra Belleza Latina 2016. The photo, posted on Facebook, included Spanish-language hashtags that translate as #proud #Dominican.

    Ortiz-Jimenez graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2010, school district spokeswoman Kelly Burkholder told The Associated Press. He was living in Puerto Rico, according to his social media accounts, and studying at Universidad del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

    Kevin Ortiz, a friend from college, described him as a humble man who was always concerned about staying fit and working toward fulfilling his dream of being a dancer.

    - The Associated Press

  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21

     

    Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21, had recently moved to Florida from Cuba and was still trying to master English, according to a friend.

    Sarai Torres told the Orlando Sentinel she met Martinez last year, and he “always had a smile on his face.”

    “Every interaction I had with him was totally positive,” she said, adding that she remembers Martinez as an outgoing person who introduced her to his other friends. “He’s the type of person (who would) see you in a parking lot and he’d have a whole conversation with you.”

    Torres, 30, said she saw Martinez several times at Pulse nightclub, which she described as a good place to meet new people. She was not at the club during the shooting.

    - The Associated Press

  • Stanely Almodovar III, 23

    Stanley Almodovar III, 23, had tomato-and-cheese dip prepared by his mother to eat when he came home from his night out.

    Instead, Rosalie Ramos was awakened by a call telling her something had happened.

    Ramos told the Orlando Sentinel that her son, a 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.

    A friend, Hazel Ramirez, told the Washington Post she also saw a video from Almodovar on Snapchat. She described Almodovar as “kind, but sassy,” and someone who was comfortable with his sexual identity.

    “He was so proud of who he was,” she told the Post. “He would do his makeup better than anyone else. It was so easy to be myself with him.”

    -The Associated Press

    This undated photo shows Stanley Almodovar III, one of the people killed in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday, June 12, 2016. (Facebook via AP)
     
  • Luis Daniel Conde, 39

    This undated photo shows Luis Daniel Conde, one of the people killed in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday, June 12, 2016. (Facebook via AP)
     

    Luis Daniel Conde, 39, ran a beauty salon in Kissimmee with another victim of the shooting at Pulse, Juan Pablo Rivera Velasquez, his longtime partner.

    “Everyone knows about this beauty salon,” Irene Rivera told the Orlando Sentinel. She spoke of the couple’s work on the Belleza Latina pageant.

    Tania Mercador was in tears as she described how she was supposed to have joined Conde and Velasquez at Pulse.

    “I used GPS and got lost,” she said. “It kept sending me to the wrong address.”

    -The Associated Press

  • Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, 27

    Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, 27, was remembered by family and friends as a kind man and a hard worker.

    Nieves Rodriguez, originally from Puerto Rico, had worked as manager of a McDonald’s and a check-cashing store and bought his first house a month and a half ago, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

    “He wanted to be the best at what he did, and he would work very hard to achieve that. … That’s why whatever job he went to, he became a manager,” friend Ivonne Irizarry told the newspaper.

    His sister Valeria Monroig said he “cared more about others than about himself.”

    -The Associated Press

    This undated photo shows Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, one of the people killed in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday, June 12, 2016. (Facebook via AP)
     
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