Here’s What We Know So Far About the Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

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On early Sunday morning, 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse – a gay nightclub in Orlando – during a Latino-themed night. At least 50 people were killed, with an additional 50 wounded. As details continue to pour in and people speculate on Mateen’s motives, the City of Orlando has set up a website identifying the victims. Only six people – Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34; Stanley Almodovar III, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 23; Juan Ramon Guerrero, 20; Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36; and Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 – have been named so far. Based on the names released, all of them appear to be Latino. As the LGBTQ community, especially those of color, continue to see their lives threatened, this horrific event is a reminder that the fight for equality is far from over.

Many groups are showing solidarity with Orlando’s LGBTQ community as a result. The Stonewall Inn – the historic NYC bar that became a symbol of gay rights after the violent 1969 street riots – will host a vigil on Monday night starting at 7 p.m. According to Time Out, the Chicago Survivors, which helps families affected by homicides in Chicago, will organize a vigil tonight. And the Tony Awards will honor the victims with tonight’s show.

Eddie Sotomayor Jr.
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The City of Orlando will slowly release more information as families and loved ones are notified. So far, only a limited amount of information is available on the victims. Edward Sotomayor Jr., for example, worked as a brand manager for Al and Chuck Travel. Buzzfeed reports that he was well known in Sarasota.

Stanley Almodovar III
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Born in Massachusetts, Stanley Almodovar III lived in Clermont, where he worked as a pharmacy technician. On his social media pages, friends described Almodovar as “bubbly” and “super down to earth.”

Update, 6/13 at 3:00 p.m.: The City of Orlando has notified more families and released almost the full list since this post went live. While more information is released about the shooting, these are the people who we will honor:

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Check the City of Orlando page for more updates.