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JetBlue Crew: Victim's Grandma Consoled by Everyone on Orlando Flight

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An undated photo from the Facebook account of Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, who police identified as one of the victims of Sunday’s shooting massacre in Orlando. (Facebook/Reuters; Allison Joyce/Getty Images).

By    |   Friday, 17 Jun 2016 09:28 AM

JetBlue crew members and passengers went out of their way to comfort a grandmother flying to Orlando alone after her grandson Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo was killed in the Pulse nightclub massacre.

The flight began with a personal escort and ended with a stack of handwritten condolences and personal greetings.

JetBlue flight attendant Kelly Davis Karas of Maine described the flight in a Facebook post that has gone viral with more than 100,000 shares.



Karas and Melinda Sloop Winstead passed around a piece of paper for passengers to sign.

"Halfway through, Melinda called me, 'Kel, I think you should start another paper from the front. Folks are writing PARAGRAPHS.' So I did. Then we started one in the middle. Lastly, running out of time on our hour and fifteen minute flight, we handed out pieces of paper to everyone still waiting," she wrote.

"When we gathered them together to present them to her, we didn't have just a sheet of paper covered in names, which is what I had envisioned. Instead, we had page after page after page after page of long messages offering condolences, peace, love and support. There were even a couple of cash donations, and more than a few tears."

Upon landing Karas announced "JetBlue stands with Orlando," and offered a moment of silence on behalf of the grieving grandmother.

"As we deplaned, EVERY SINGLE PERSON STOPPED TO OFFER HER THEIR CONDOLENCES," Karas wrote. "Some just said they were sorry, some touched her hand, some hugged her, some cried with her. But every single person stopped to speak to her, and not a single person was impatient at the slower deplaning process.

"I am moved to tears yet again as I struggle to put our experience into words."

Ocasio-Capo, 20, worked as a barista at a Starbuck inside a Target and was one of the youngest victims of Sunday's attack, NBC News reported.

"His sense of humor was definitely his defining personality trait," his coworker, Claudia Mason, told The Associated Press. "Omar got along with everyone. Young, old, male, female, gay, or straight, it didn't matter to Omar."

Karas has declined media interviews. Jetblue spokeswoman Morgan Johnston confirmed that Karas is an employee and that "the story appears to be an accurate account of one of our flights," CNN reported.

Twitter users seemed moved by the act of kindness.







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