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The Victims Of The Orlando Shooting: Learn Their Names & Lives

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 // Jun 13, 2016

Phelan M. Ebenhack // Associated Press

In the early hours of Sunday, June 10, tragedy struck Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, when a gunman, now identified as Omar Mateen, opened fire on its patrons, killing 50 people and injuring 53 more, making it the deadliest mass-shooting in U.S. history since 1890.

President Obama called the tragedy a "brutal murder," "horrific massacre," and an "attack on all of us."

The City of Orlando has since released the names of many of the victims. Learn their names and a bit about their lives, according to CNN, the BBC and NPR, below. #PrayforOrlando

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34: From Sarasota, worked as the national brand manager for Al and Chuck Travel, a travel agency that catered to the gay community. Al Ferguson, owner of the company, described Sunday as "one of the saddest days" of his life. Sotomayor appeared on a season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" using the name "Jade."

Stanley Almodovar III, 23: From Clermont, a pharmacy technician originally from Massachusetts. According to his mother Rosalie Ramos, the last video he posted on social media showed him laughing and singing on the way to the club. He would have turned 24 later this month.

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20: A dancer and barista, he was among the youngest victims killed in the shooting.

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22: Worked as a telemarketer while attending the University of Central Florida, and had just come out to his family this year.

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36: Originally from Puerto Rico, the 36-year-old had moved to Florida for a better life and was working as a merchandise manager, first for Toys "R" Us and then for Ross.

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22: Originally from South Africa, worked for logistics company UPS in Orlando after graduating from high school in New Jersey.

Luis S. Vielma, 22: An emergency medical services student at Seminole State College, he also worked on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal Studios. Author J.K. Rowling mourned him on Twitter.

Kimberly Morris, 37: A bouncer at Pulse, she had recently moved to Florida from Hawaii to help take care of her mother and grandmother. She previously lived in Massachusetts, where she worked at the gay club Divas as a drag performer and bouncer. And also played basketball at Post University in Connecticut.

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30: An accountant living in downtown Orlando, he hid out in the bathroom at Pulse as the hostage situation began and sent his mother a series of text messages asking that she call the police.

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29: A financial aid officer at Keiser University in Jacksonville.

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32: A woman who identified herself as Drayton's aunt posted on Facebook that Drayton had been at work when she was shot.

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25: Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, friends described him as "an amazing person," "a special guy" and a talented dancer.

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35: Was at the Pulse nightclub with his boyfriend, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, who was also murdered.

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50: A professional Puerto Rican folk dancer who had travelled the world through his work.

Amanda Alvear, 25: Reported to have posted a video from inside Pulse in which gunfire from the attack is audible, her brother Brian Alvear said she went to gay and lesbian clubs because she felt able to be herself there.

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37: Was at the Pulse nightclub with his boyfriend, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, who was also murdered.

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26: Originally from New York, Flores worked in retail and was at Pulse with Amanda Alvear, who was also killed.

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25: Once worked at LaGuardia Airport in New York according to a man named Rayvon Murray Johnson, who wrote on Facebook, "Was such a funny and cool dude. He used to tell me, 'don't let world hold you back from your dreams."

Cory James Connell, 21: A student at Valencia Community College who hoped to become a firefighter, Connell was leaving Pulse with his girlfriend when the gunman walked in. His girlfriend survived the attack.

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24: A Puerto Rican journalist, he worked for a Telemundo station in San Juan before moving to Florida to work for the network.

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21

Martin Benitez Torres, 33

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37

Luis Daniel Conde, 39

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49

Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

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