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Orlando Victims: Faces, Names Emerge in Pulse Mass Shooting

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 06:27 AM

The names of all the victims in the Pulse Orlando gay nightclub shooting have emerged, forever written in blood on the roll of what has been called the worst mass shooting in United States history, reported NBC News.

Of the 49 people killed in the shooting, all have been identified by authorities. Another 53 people were injured.

Victims' bodies were removed from the club overnight Sunday but it isn't known where the body of shooter Omar Mateen is. He was killed by police at the scene on Sunday morning.

The Orlando Sentinel said Kimberly "KJ" Morris, 37, had taken a job as a bouncer at Pulse after moving to the area about two months ago. She moved to Orlando from Hawaii to help her mother and grandmother, who live in the area.

Al Ferguson, a travel agency owner, told the Sentinel his employee Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, had invited him to come to the club.

"He was with his boyfriend and they sent me a video text from the dance floor at Pulse, trying to get me to come over from where I was," Ferguson said.

Before he was killed Eddie Justice, 30, sent frantic texts to his mother Mina Justice, said CBS News. He apparently was hiding in the restroom when he texted his mother: "He's coming. I'm gonna die." 

Some, like "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, went to social media to recognize some of the victims.


Authorities confirmed other victims as Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20; Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22; Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36; Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22; Luis S. Vielma, 22; 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; and Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26.

Angel Gardmac was at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and told USA Today he was waiting to find out about six friends who were at the nightclub at the time of the shooting.

"I'm in shock," Gardmac said. "I don't know how to feel."

Adeliz Lopez told USA Today her cousin Ilka was listed in critical condition after being shot eight times.

"I'm devastated," Lopez said. "There is so much hate in people's hearts."

The City of Orlando website carries the list of victims.

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