Latest school closings and delays

Orlando shooting victims: Bouncer, dancer, accountant among those killed

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ORLANDO, Florida– A barista, a bouncer and an accountant.

While different in so many ways, they have one thing in common: They lost their lives in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States.

Anguished relatives still await word of the fate of their loved ones after the deadly rampage early Sunday at a club in Orlando, but authorities have begun to release the names of some of the 49 people killed.

The 26 people identified come from all walks of life.

There’s Edward Sotomayor, a popular travel planner nicknamed “top-hat Eddie.” There’s Eddie Justice, an accountant who loved living in downtown Orlando.

Here’s what we know of the victims whose names authorities have released:

Edward Sotomayor Jr.

The 34-year-old Sarasota resident loved traveling, making new friends and black hats. So much so, his nickname was “top-hat Eddie.”

Friends paid tribute on social media using emojis of black hats.

“Eddie was one sweetheart and I will miss talking and working with him. That smile and top hat is burned in my memory,” Nikki Stjames posted.

Sotomayor worked at a travel agency that catered to the gay community, and made his mark on clients as well.

“He was one of our tour leaders, known for wearing his top hat, and for being a really nice guy,” Robin Ziegler Suess posted on social media. “He was also a tour leader on our recent Caribbean cruise in January, where I had the honor of wearing his top hat.”

Al Ferguson, owner of Al & Chuck Travel where Sotomayor worked, described Sunday as “one of the saddest days” of his life.

Stanley Almodovar III

The 23-year-old pharmacy technician loved his family. And the feeling was mutual.

When he went out on that tragic night, his mother, Rosalie Ramos, made him a tomato and cheese dip , and put it in the refrigerator, she told the Orlando Sentinel.

But he never got to eat it. She got a phone call about the shooting in the middle of the night and rushed to the nightclub.

The last video he posted on social media showed him laughing and singing on the way to the club, Ramos told the paper.

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo

Of the people identified, the 20-year-old was one of the youngest victims killed in the shooting. He and his family lived in Cleveland from 2003-2012.

He was a dancer and a barista, according to a local blog dedicated to the victims.

Luis S. Vielma

Vielma, 22, worked at Universal Orlando, where he had superstar fans.

One of those mourning his death is J.K. Rowling, creator of the “Harry Potter” book series. The author said Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal.

“I can’t stop crying,” she tweeted.

Juan Ramon Guerrero

The 22-year-old worked as a telemarketer while attending the University of Central Florida.

“He was always this amazing person (and) he was like a big brother to me,” his cousin Robert Guerrero told CNN affiliate WESH-TV.

Guerrero came out to his family this year, and was afraid they would not accept him, his cousin said.

But he had no reason to be. They not only accepted him, they embraced his boyfriend as well, Guerrero said.

“As long as he was happy, they were OK with it,” he told the TV station.

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera

The 36-year-old moved to Florida from Puerto Rico for a chance at a better life, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Ortiz-Rivera rarely went out but decided to attend a friend’s house warming celebration at the nightclub early Sunday.

“I am really in shock that he was in the club, because he was not usually a club-scene person,” former roommate Abismel Colon Gomez told the paper.

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz

At 22, he was among the youngest victims identified as killed in the shooting.

Kimberly Morris

The 37-year old bouncer at Pulse nightclub always had a smile on her face. She was a big fan of basketball and mixed-martial arts fighting, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

She moved from Hawaii to Florida a few months ago to help her mother and grandmother.

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice

The 30-year-old accountant lived in downtown Orlando.

Before he was identified as among those killed, his mother spent an agonizing day looking for him after he texted her from the club, according to CNN affiliate WFTV-TV.

“Mommy I love you,” he said in his first message. “In club they shooting.”

His mother, Mina Justice, tried to call him, but he did not answer. She sent him a series of text messages, trying to reassure him that she had called 911 and help is coming.

After they exchanged more messages, including one where he said the gunman was in their bathroom hideout, he suddenly went quiet.

Enrique Rios

A relative said the 25-year-old was an angel to most people who knew him.

Erick Leon, who described himself as his cousin, said their ties go beyond family.

“My heart is heavy, we grew up together and now he is gone,” Leon posted on Facebook. “God took someone who was already an angel for so many people.”

Rayvon Murray Johnson said they used to work together at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

“Was such a funny and cool dude. He used to tell me, ‘don’t let world hold you back from your dreams,” he posted on Facebook. “We use to talk about curry and God. … My heart is heavy, sleep well my brother. ”

Rios’ partner and a relative confirmed his death to CNN.

Kimberly Morris

The 37-year old bouncer at Pulse nightclub always had a smile on her face.

She moved from Hawaii to Florida a few months ago to help her mother and grandmother.

She enjoyed mixed-martial arts fighting and basketball, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

It has been years since she ran down the court at Torrington High School in Torrington, Connecticut.

But the school’s former athletic director said he can still remember Morris, who graduated in 1996.

She was a “scrappy player,” Charlie McSpiritt said, who “played the game to her fullest.”

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice

The 30-year-old accountant lived in downtown Orlando.

Before he was identified as among those killed, his mother spent an agonizing day looking for him after he texted her from the club, according to CNN affiliate WFTV-TV.

“Mommy I love you,” he said in his first message. “In club they shooting.”

His mother, Mina Justice, tried to call him, but he did not answer. She sent him a series of text messages, trying to reassure him that she had called 911 and help was coming.

After they exchanged more messages, including one where he said the gunman was in their bathroom hideout, he suddenly went quiet.

Enrique Rios

A relative said the 25-year-old was an angel to most people who knew him.

Erick Leon, who described himself as Rios’ cousin, said their ties go beyond family.

“My heart is heavy, we grew up together and now he is gone,” Leon posted on Facebook. “God took someone who was already an angel for so many people.”

Rayvon Murray Johnson said they used to work together at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

“Was such a funny and cool dude. He used to tell me, ‘don’t let world hold you back from your dreams,’ ” he posted on Facebook. “We use to talk about curry and God. … My heart is heavy, sleep well my brother. ”

Rios’ partner and a relative confirmed his death to CNN.

Anthony Luis Laureano Disla

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he had settled in Orlando, according to his Facebook profile.

Friends described him as “an amazing person,” “a special guy” and a talented dancer.

“When I saw your name on that list, my heart sunk,” a friend posted on his Facebook wall. “You didn’t deserve it.”

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega

A photo of Camuy shows him smiling and flashing his fingers in a “V” as he sits in a big red chair on the set of “La Voz Kids,” the Telemundo show where he worked.

Camuy worked in audience management for the current season of the singing competition show.

The Puerto Rican journalist got his start at a Telemundo station in San Juan before moving to work for the network in Orlando, his cousin told CNN.

“He was a great assistant producer. … Jonathan will be missed dearly,” NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Chairman Cesar Conde said in a statement the National Association of Hispanic Journalists released.

In a letter to members of the journalist group, President Mekahlo Medina said the organization is heartbroken over his death.

“Please join me in remembering Jonathan and the other victims taken so early in life by a senseless, horrible act,” he wrote.

Camuy would have turned 25 at the end of June.

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24, was friends with Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, and the two were at Pulse with Solivan’s brother-in-law, William Sabad Borges, who snapped a photo of the trio inside the club. Only Borges survived the shooting.

“I was telling my mom (Monday), how could my sister-in-law, who had two children, die … and I’m still alive? That’s what I really can’t comprehend,” he said.

Cory James Connell

The 21-year-old was leaving Pulse with his girlfriend when the gunman walked in, his family told CNN.

His girlfriend survived the attack, but Connell didn’t make it.

He was a student at Valencia College and hoped to become a firefighter, his father, James Connell, said.

“Cory’s a good guy,” his father told CNN as he awaited word of his son’s fate over the weekend. “He loves everybody.”

Mercedez Marisol Flores

Cesar Flores is heartbroken that his 26-year-old daughter was killed. She was a happy girl, he said, who had just decided to go out with some of her friends.

But he told reporters he would forgive the gunman.

“I forgive the boy because I cannot take that hate in my life. My life is more important than hate. … It hurts so much,” Flores said.

Mercedez Flores was born in New York.

“She had so many dreams,” her father said.

He said he has a message he wants to share: “We must all come together, we must all be at peace, we must all love each other, because this hatred cannot continue for the rest of our lives.”

Deonka Deidra Drayton

The 32-year-old was a bartender at Pulse, her family wrote on Facebook.

Kareem Gray, her cousin, said family called her “Dee Dee.”

Gray remembered watching her grow up.

“She used to dribble the basketball around me,” he wrote.

Miguel Angel Honorato

Honorato, 30, lived in Orlando with his family and managed a Mexican restaurant in Sanford, Florida.

ʺWe don’t know what happened,ʺ colleague Jonny Reyes told CNN. ʺHe was an excellent person, boss and friend.ʺ

Jason Benjamin Josaphat

Josaphat was a 19-year-old student at Southern Technical College in Orlando.

ʺHe was a sweet, sweet kid that had a bright future ahead of him,ʺ Southern Technical admissions representative Fechete Mundo wrote on Facebook.

Darryl Roman Burt II

The 29-year-old was an employee on the Jacksonville campus of Keiser University, the school said.

“Darryl was a highly respected member of the KU team, and his contributions to our students and his colleagues will not be forgotten,” the university said.

In addition to his work as a financial aid officer at the school, he was also a dedicated community volunteer, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Jacksonville Jaycees President Shawn DeVries told the newspaper he was “personable, social and easygoing.”

“He was the type of person that was always willing to help,” DeVries said.

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez and Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon

Mendez, 35, was the best salesperson his co-worker had ever met, according to the Sentinel.

“He laughed with the people and would make jokes,” Claudia Agudelo, who worked with Mendez at Perfumania, told the newspaper. “He was always happy.”

One customer he charmed at the Orlando outlet mall, according to the Sentinel: Wilson-Leon, 37, who became his longtime partner.

Family members shared word of their deaths on Facebook, posting photos of them over the years — smiling in front of a Christmas tree, posing in a photo studio, standing beside newlyweds at a wedding.

Siclaly Santiago-Leon, who described herself as Wilson-Leon’s cousin, said she was heartbroken, devastated and broken.

“I love you my love, Dani. I love you my love, Jean,” she wrote. “You are together. Rest in peace. Kisses always.”

Oscar A Aracena-Montero and Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez

Last month Carrillo Fernandez, 31, and his partner, Aracena-Montero, 26, had something to celebrate.

They’d purchased a home together in Orlando, friend Danny Velazquez told CNN.

The couple both studied business administration at the Universidad de Turabo in Puerto Rico, the school said.

Carrillo, a fast-food restaurant manager, was originally from Venezuela but became an American citizen after living in the United States for eight years.

Carillo’s family said he felt uncomfortable in Venezuela, which is a country that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

“My brother came (to visit) about three years ago and he only lasted 10 days here,” his sister living in Venezuela said. “Seeing the situation here, he was desperate to leave.”

Shane Evan Tomlinson

The 33-year-old performed with his band Frequency at another Orlando nightclub hours before the shooting, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

While attending East Carolina University, he was known “for his high intensity personality and impressive singing voice,” the university said.

It only took one interaction with him to see how special he was, one school official said.

“He was a great person,” Lathan Turner, associate director of student transitions at the university, said in the school’s statement. “If you met him once, he became a part of who you are.”

Tomlinson was funny, outgoing and the life of the party, said his friend Javan Jones, who worked with him at Disney. “You look at him and say he’s just Shane,” he said.

Amanda Alvear

Alvear was at Pulse with a group of friends and on Snapchat when the gunshots erupted. She looked into the camera, then looked away confused. The video ended there.

The 25-year-old loved her nieces, Bella, 12, and Zatanna, 8, and had gone shopping with them Saturday, her brother told the Orlando Sentinel.

“People got caught in her wake,” her brother said. “Whatever she was doing, that’s what they were going to do and have fun doing it.”

Martin Benitez Torres

Martin Benitez Torres had recently moved to Orlando from Puerto Rico and was studying to become a pharmacy technician at Ana G. Méndez University, according to spokeswoman Mayra Ramos. The 33-year-old was studying at the Tampa Bay campus.

“He was a diligent and extremely hardworking student; thankful for the opportunity to advance his career and hopeful to make his dreams a reality,” said Carlas Zayas, his Spanish professor.

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez

Silva Menendez was from Manati, Puerto Rico, and worked at a Speedway convenience store, according to his Facebook profile. The 25-year-old had studied health care management at Ana G. Mendez University in Orlando.

“He was a dedicated man, with great dreams of helping people in need, and the desire of becoming a health care professional. He carried a positive and contagious attitude toward life,” said counselor Maricelly Alomar.

Javier Jorge-Reyes

Jorge-Reyes, 40, was from Guayama, Puerto Rico. He was a supervisor at a Gucci store in Orlando. On its Facebook page, the company expressed solidarity with the victims and their families. “Our special thoughts are with Javier Jorge-Reyes, who lost his life, and all of our colleagues in Orlando,” the post read.

Tevin Eurgene Crosby

Crosby was ambitious and goal-oriented, his brother told the Orlando Sentinel. The 25-year-old had a marketing company called Total Entrepreneurs Concepts. He graduated from West Iredell High in Statesville, North Carolina, in 2010. His English teacher, Jacqueline Scott, told The Charlotte Observer she was still in shock. “I remember his smile, his love of life. … I want people to know the laughter and the joy he spread.”

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez

A professional dancer, Dejesus specialized in traditional folk dance of his native Puerto Rico. He was 50.

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado

He was a dancer. Those how knew him said he was hardworking and friendly. And he was proud of his son. He was 35.

Joel Rayon Paniagua

Paniagua grew up in Veracruz, Mexico. He lived near Tampa and worked long hours in construction. He “worked day and night to send all his money to his family,” a friend wrote in Spanish on Facebook.

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez and Luis Daniel Conde

Velazquez, 37, and Conde, 39, were partners. Velazquez was a hairstylist and Conde a makeup artist, and they owned a salon together.

Juan Chevez-Martinez

His co-workers at a hotel said he was a kind and loving person. He was 25.

Jerald Arthur Wright

He worked at Disney World. A co-worker said he was wonderful with the guests and always smiling. He was 31.

Leroy Valentin Fernandez

The 25-year-old leased apartments for a living. A co-worker said he sang Adele in the office until they couldn’t take it anymore.

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez

Rodriguez bought his first home a little more than a month ago, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He wanted his mom to live in a nice place. “He was just a caring, loving guy — just like a big teddy bear,” his friend Ivonne Irizarry told the paper.

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala

The 33-year-old worked at a blood donation center. He was Puerto Rican and loved dancing.

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool

She had 11 kids, beat cancer twice and often went dancing at Pulse with her gay son. Her son survived the shooting. She was 49.

Angel L. Candelario-Padro

The 28-year-old had recently moved to Orlando and had started a job as a technician at the Florida Retina Institute.

Frank Hernandez

He worked at a Calvin Klein store and had “love has no gender” tattooed on his arm. He was 27.

Paul Terrell Henry

Henry’s boyfriend, Francisco Hernandez, said he plans to go back to school, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “He knew I had potential for greater things,” Hernandez told the paper. “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.”

Henry was from Chicago, loved to dance and have fun. And he was an excellent pool player, his boyfriend said.

Henry had two children. His daughter, Alexia, recently graduated high school.

Antonio Davon Brown

The 29-year-old was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and a graduate of Florida A&M University.

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz

He worked at a bank and was said to be the most positive guy around. He was 24.

Alejandro Barrios-Martinez

Martinez, 21, grew up in Cuba and recently moved to Orlando to live with his father. His mother still lives in Cuba.

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez

Ortiz-Jimenez, 25, was the last person to be identified.

The list of victims’ names continues to be updated on the City of Orlando website:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Continuing coverage here.