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Those who lost their lives in Orlando attack: friends, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters

They were travel agents, social workers, dancers and students. They were toy store managers, theme park employees, musicians and aspiring journalists. Most importantly, however, they were friends, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters.

After this weekend’s massacre inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, the 49 people who were gunned down by 29-year old Omar Mateen also became victims in the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States.

Fox News Latino has compiled information on a number of those killed during the terror attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub:

Jonathan Camuy: At 25-years-old, Camuy was just beginning his career in the world of media as an assistant producer on the Spanish- language TV show, “La Voz Kids.” 

Camuy moved to Orlando from Puerto Rico to work for Telemundo and was known as an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. 

“We want to extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to Jonathan's family and friends,” Cesar Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal  Telemundo Enterprises, said in a statement.

“He was a great assistant producer and had been working with us since ‘Yo Soy el Artista’ and previously at Telemundo Puerto Rico … Jonathan will be missed dearly.”

Edward Sotomayor Jr.: The charismatic national brand manager for the gay travel company, Al and Chuck Travel, Sotomayor had recently helped organize the first gay cruise to Cuba. 

"He had traveled to so many places in the world," his boss Al Ferguson said. "He loved travel." 

Sotomayor will also be remembered as a one of the heroes in the Pulse shooting after texting his boyfriend, Nicholas Panagos, soon after the shooting began to tell him to tell him to stay outside. 

He saved his boyfriend’s life but despite assuring Panagos that he had found a safe hiding place, he did not make it out of the club alive.

Luis Vielma: A huge fan of Harry Potter, Vielma loved his job at Universal Studios where he helped visitors on and off the rides at the Wizarding Wolrd of Harry Potter. 

"Every time I asked him, he said he had the best job," Vielma’s high school friend Eddi Anderson told the Tampa Bay Times. 

"He loved Harry Potter." He was also known for his warmth toward others and his easygoing attitude. “He was one of those people," Anderson said. "No matter what, he wasn't a jerk."

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books that spawned the movies and Orlando theme park, tweeted a picture of Vielma in a Hogwarts school tie, and commented, "I can't stop crying."

Kimberly Morris: The 37-year-old Morris moved to the Orlando area just months before Sunday’s shooting at Pulse, where she worked as a bouncer. 

Friends say that the former Post University student was excited about her job at the club and thrilled to become more involved with the city’s LGBT community. 

Narvell Benning met Morris when they were in college at Post in Waterbury, Connecticut, where 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."

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera: Ortiz-Rivera came to Florida from Puerto Rico in the hope of starting a new career and having a better life than the one he left on the island.

Ortiz-Rivera earned a communications degree from the Universidad de Bayamón and was working in merchandise management at a Ross clothing store. 

"Eric was always willing to help everybody. He sacrificed himself a lot for his family," his former roommate, Abismel Colón Gómez, told the Orlando Sentinel. 

"He loved his brother, and he was always being generous."

Stanley Almodovar III: Almodovar moved to Florida from Puerto Rico when he was a child alongside his mother Rosalie Ramos, who was waiting with a bowl of tomato-and-cheese dip for her 23-year-old son to return Saturday night from the club. 

"I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow," Ramos told the Orlando Sentinel. "I don't know nothing." Ramos told the newspaper that her son, a 23-year-old pharmacy technician, posted a Snapchat video of himself singing and laughing on his way to Pulse. 

"I wish I had that (video) to remember him forever," she told the newspaper. A friend, Hazel Ramirez, told the Washington Post that she also saw a video from Almodovar on Snapchat and learned Sunday afternoon what had happened.

She described him 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.

Peter Gonzalez-Cruz: Known to his friends and family as “Ommy,” Gonzalez-Cruz was the life of the party wherever he went.

He attended the nightclub that fateful night with his best friend, Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, who was not among those killed during the shooting.

After news of the massacre emerged, Gonzalez-Cruz’s aunt Sonia Cruz said she held out hope for hours that her nephew would turn up.

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

Cruz said that her nephew's car is still parked at a Wendy's across the street from Pulse – one of many left behind there by victims of the shooting.

Juan Ramon Guerrero: The 22-year-old University of Central Florida student came out to his family as gay only two years ago. He was known as a caring individual who looked out for his younger family members. "He was always this amazing person, (and) he was like a big brother to me," his cousin Robert Guerrero told a local TV station. "He was never the type to go out to parties, would rather stay home and care for his niece and nephew." Guerrero worked as a telemarketer, and in recent months he had started attending college at the University of Central Florida.

Robert said his cousin didn't quite know what he wanted to study, but he was happy to be in school. And he was in a committed relationship with a person who his relatives came to regard as a member of the family.

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon: The 37-year-old shoe store manager was a protector, confidant and personal hero to Daniel Gmys-Casiano, his friend of 20 years, according to the Sentinel.

"We grew up in a really small town in Puerto Rico … and he was going to same church that I was, and he was always the odd man out. He was bullied constantly,'' Gmys-Casiano said.

He was also the first person that Gmys-Casiano told that he was gay. "I think I gave him the courage to come out," Gmys-Casiano said.

Wilson-Leon was in a 8-year relationship with Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35, who also died in the attack.

Amanda Alvear: The 25-year-old from Polk County, Florida, had just reshaped her body and her life after shedding 180 pounds thanks to a mix of gastric bypass surgery and daily workouts.
Alvear was out with her best friend, Valencia College student, Mercedes Flores, 26.

Both women were posting videos to Snapchat from Pulse, showing them drinking and having fun with a group of male friends.

Alvear inadvertently recorded herself while the first shots were being fired by Mateen.

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice: Mina Justice was sound asleep when she received the first text from her 30-year-old son: "Mommy I love you." It was 2:06 a.m.

"In club they [are] shooting."

She tried calling. No answer.

At 2:07 a.m., he wrote: "Trapp[ed] in bathroom."

She asked what club, and he responded, "Pulse.Downtown. Call police."

Then at 2:08: "I'm gonna die."

Now wide awake, Justice dialed 911.

The dispatcher wanted her to stay on the line. She wondered what kind of danger her son was in. He was normally a homebody who liked to eat and work out. He liked to make everyone laugh, she said. He worked as an accountant and lived in a condo in downtown Orlando.

At 2:39 a.m., he texted, "Call them mommy. Now."

He said he was in the bathroom. "He's coming. I'm gonna die."

Justice asked her son if anyone was hurt. "Lots. Yes," he responded at 2:42 a.m.

She sent several more messages. Was he with police?

"No," he wrote four minutes later. "Still here in bathroom. He has us. They need to come get us."

At 2:49 a.m., she told him the police were there and to let her know when he saw them.

"Hurry," he wrote. "He's in the bathroom with us." He followed that with “He’s a terror.”

She asked, "Is the man in the bathroom with you?"

Then, a final text from her son At 2:51 a.m.: "Yes."

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo: The 20-year-old dancer wanted to be a star. He was working at Starbucks inside a Kissimmee Target store while studying theater and had an audition on Tuesday for a play, said his sister, Belinette Ocasio-Capo.

"He was one of the most amazing dancers," she said. "He would always call me and say, 'I'm going to be the next Hollywood star.' He really did want to make it and be known.

"Now his name ended up being all around the world, like he wanted — just not this way."

Omar, as he was known to family and friends, seemed brash to 70-year-old Claudia Mason, who worked with him at Starbucks. 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 was hired as a cashier before moving over to the Starbucks, and became a great barista, Mason said.

"Omar got along with everyone. Young, old, male, female, gay, or straight, it didn't matter to Omar," she said.

 

THE COMPLETE LIST:

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34

Stanley Almodovar III, 23

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20

Juan Ramon Guerroro, 22

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22

Luis S. Vielma, 22

Kimberly Morris, 37

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21

Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50

Amanda Alvear, 25

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

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

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49

Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28

Frank Hernandez, 27

Paul Terrell Henry, 41

Antonio Davon Brown, 29

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24

Akyra Monet Murray, 18

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25