By: Edwin Martinez
The deadliest shooting in U.S. history killed at lest 49 people and injured 53 in a place most felt was a safe haven, a popular gay nightclub attended mostly that night by members of the Orlando’s Puerto Rican Community.
A night of terror in Orlando has left a community is shock and wondering how could something like this happen.
Local and FBI officials were slow in identifying the victim because many of the dead had no one looking or searching for them because many were not out to their families as being gay, therefore, when the news it the airways many families did not inquire about their loved ones because they had no idea their children or loved ones were at a gay bar.
For many of the victims, this was their outing on national TV and Newspapers or when being contacted by police authorities.
Early reports indicate that 3 of 5 of the victims are of Puerto Rican decent or have close ties to the community. While 90% percent of victims are Hispanic/Latino
As Miami is to Cuba, Orlando is to Puerto Rico. Orlando as of 2015 has the second largest Puerto Rican population and in the state of Florida more than one million reside.
As with all Americans, the Puerto Rican American community is in grief and reignited concerns about homegrown American Terrorist.
The man identified as the gunman, Omar S. Mateen, claimed allegiance to the Islamic state in a phone call to police before his attack on the innocent victims. It appears from FBI sources that the killer Omar Matten had been on the governments radar and had been questioned twice about connections to the Islamic state.
Local authorities have released a list of the following victims:
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 años
Stanley Almodóvar III, 23 años
Luis Omar Ocasio Capó, 20 años
Juan Ramón Guerrero, 22 años
Eric Iván Ortiz Rivera, 36 años
Peter O. González-Cruz, 22 años
Luis S. Vielma, 22 años
Kimberly Morris, 37 años
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 años
Darryl Román Burt II, 29 años
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 años
Alejandro Barrios Martínez, 21 años
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 años
Jean Carlos Méndez Pérez, 35 años
Franky Jimmy de Jesús Velázquez, 50 años
Amanda Alvear, 25 años
Martín Benítez Torres, 33 años
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 años
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 años
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 años
Gilberto Ramón Silva Menéndez, 25 años
Simón Adrián Carrillo Fernández, 31 años
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26 años
Enrique L. Ríos, Jr., 25 años
Miguel Ángel Honorato, 30 años
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 años
List of people missing:
Ángel "Angelo" Candelario Padró
Luis Felipe Marrero
Juan Pablo Rivera
Jimmy de Jesús
Jean C. Nieves
Leroy Valentín Fernández