My So-Called Life Star ‘Devastated’ Over Family Member Who Died In Orlando Shooting — Read His Heartbreaking Post

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Wilson Cruz is just one of many people mourning the loss of a loved one as a result of the tragic Orlando shooting on Sunday.

On Monday, the My So-Called Life actor revealed that his mother’s stepsister Brenda Lee Marquez McCool was one of the 49 victims who died in the massacre at a gay nightclub called Pulse.

The 42-year-old, who is openly gay himself, told Entertainment Tonight that McCool was a mother of 11 and a two-time cancer survivor — and went to the club that night with her 21-year-old openly gay son, Isaiah.

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He explained:

“Brenda went to Pulse the way she frequently did, with her 21-year-old openly gay son, Isaiah. They loved to go there on that night because it was Latin night and they could be with their friends, dance salsa and find refuge in a safe space. That joy was taken from them and she and her joy for life were taken from us and we are devastated.”

So heartbreaking.

Though Brenda was his mother’s stepsister, Cruz said the two were close in age and acted more like cousins.

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On Sunday, the actor also shared a photo with Brenda on his Facebook, writing:

“She spoke passionately about how much she loved her children. She was hilarious and loving and tore up the dance floor when salsa or anything was playing. I can’t believe she’s gone. I mourn with her kids and my entire family. The violence and hate has to end. The guns have to f*cking GO! Our hearts are BROKEN!”

Cruz is just one of many who lost a loved one from this unspeakable tragedy. Our hearts continue go out to everyone affected by this senseless act of violence.

[Image via Facebook.]

Jun 14, 2016 3:45pm PDT

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