(ABC)– City, state and federal officials are working through the carnage of the deadly nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and have begun announcing the names of the victims.
Officials say 50 people were killed in the deadly shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub, and, Orlando police confirmed this morning that there were 49 victims killed and that the shooter was the 50th person. An additional 53 people were injured at the club.Related: At Least 50 Dead in Orlando Gay Club Shooting, Suspect Pledged Allegiance to ISIS
The city has released the following names and ages of the deceased after contacting their next of kin. Orlando police said today that 48 of the 49 victims have been identified.
- Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
- Stanley Almodovar III, 23
- Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
- Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
- Kimberly Morris, 37
- Luis S. Vielma, 22
Raul Aguilera, a friend of Vielma’s, gave a statement to ABC News about Vielma, whom he considered his family.
“Luis was first of all a man of God, someone who was loved by everyone for his eagerness to help others, expecting nothing in return. Always a joyful person and a real blessing to be around. He definitely impacted everyone he knew in a positive manner, and his relationships with others speak for themselves as to the beautiful soul we lost and heaven gained,” Aguilera said.
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling tweeted a message about Vielma.
– J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2016
- Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
Eddie Justice’s mother, Mina Justice, shared the texts that her son sent her from a bathroom of the club, saying that there was a shooter. “He’s coming,” he wrote. “I’m gonna die.”
- Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
- Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
- Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
- Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
- Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25
- Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
- Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
- Amanda Alvear, 25
Alvear posted video from the nightclub shortly before the shooting.
- Martin Benitez Torres, 33
- Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
- Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
- Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
- Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
- Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
- Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
- Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
Rios was from Brooklyn. His mother told ABC News that she is on her way from New York to Florida to identify her son’s body.
- Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
- Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
- Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
- Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
- Cory James Connell, 21
- Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
- Luis Daniel Conde, 39
- Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
- Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
- Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
- Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
- Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
- Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Separately, Christine Leinonen told ABC News Sunday that she believes her son, Christopher Leinonen, 32, is among the dead. She had not received official confirmation from the police, but they said it is “likely.”