Majority of Victims in Terror Attack Puerto Rican

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:

Yilmary Rodríguez

Ángel "Angelo" Candelario Padró

Luis Felipe Marrero

Rodolfo Ayala

Juan Pablo Rivera

Luis Conde

Jimmy de Jesús

Jean C. Nieves

Harry Maldonado

Leroy Valentín Fernández

Lester Aquino

Harvey George

Picture by:AP

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