Here’s What We Know About the Orlando Shooting Victims So Far

“Today our community and nation experienced a horrific crime.”

Terry DeCarlo, executive director of the LGBT Center of Central Florida, left, Kelvin Cobaris, pastor of The Impact Church, center, and Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan console each other after a shooting at a local nightclub.Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

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In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning, the city is releasing the names of the 49 victims on its website. Among those who died are pharmacy technicians, new college students, and accountants. Tributes from friends and family members have helped reveal more about the victims, including one emotional story of a mother who received texts from her son, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, as he was locked in a bathroom moments before he was killed.

J.K. Rowling posted a tribute to one of the victims, Luis Vielma, who worked as a ride attendant at Orlando Universal Resort on Twitter:

We have included the list of victims as it is being updated here:

  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34,
  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23,
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero, 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 Laureanodisla, 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

Orlando has set up a crisis hotline for concerned family members, and urged residents to hold off on vigils so authorities can conserve law enforcement resources.

Read more about some of the victims here.

This post has been updated.

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