JK Rowling & More Share Personal Connections To Recently Identified Orlando Shooting Victims

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If you didn’t know, Sunday morning was marked with tragedy when a man opened fire in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 50 people and injuring 53 more.

Though details from the terrible event continue to come in, it wasn’t until Monday morning that the FBI started to release the identities of the victims.

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As information has been released, people from around the world have began to recognize names or faces or even just identify with some details from the victims’ lives.

One of the confirmed dead was Luis Vielma who author J.K. Rowling quickly discovered worked at the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios Florida.

The HP creator wasted no time sharing her thoughts on the terrible passing as she took to Twitter to tweet:

Rowling also retweeted a message from a fan who claimed she worked with Luis and said that another employee, Tony, was currently in the ICU:

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Sadly, Luis and Tony are only two of over 100 people who were killed or hurt.

Edward Sotomayor Jr. was one of the first victims named, and his dear friend Jason Howell remembers the slain 34-year-old fondly:

“He was one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met. He touched so many people’s lives because he’s such a positive person. He would do anything for anybody.”

Jason sadly stated he doesn’t want his friend’s legacy to be the first name on a list:

“It’d be sad for people to think he was just some random guy who was just the first announced victim. He was a lot more than that. A lot more.”

We can’t imagine what the families and friends of the victims are going through at the moment and we wish them all the best during this troubling time.

[Image via PNP/WENN.]

Jun 13, 2016 10:27am PDT

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