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Police are releasing the victims' names after notifying their next of kin.

Police have identified 48 of the 49 victims in Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay club, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida. As they notify next of kin, Orlando Police been updating its website with the names of the victims. Below are the victims who have been identified so far. Remember them.

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

The hashtags #OrlandoUnited, #PrayforOrlando, and others have been flooded with remembrances of the victims. Author J.K. Rowling tweeted about victim Luis Vielma, who worked at Harry Potter World at Universal Studios.






GLAAD has also introduced a Facebook photo filter so users can show their support.Accounts of what the scene was like inside Pulse are beginning to emerge. One man, Josh McGill, was hiding behind a car after escaping the club when he spotted 27-year-old Rodney Sumter Jr. wounded on the ground. He tied his shirt around his wounds to stop the bleeding and brought Sumter to police. 

"So the police officer turned to me and said, 'OK, this is what the deal is. You're going to lay down in the back of that cop car and he's going to lay on top of you, and I want you to bear hug him and try to keep all the pressure on him as you can.' So I did," McGill told CBS. "And they were like, 'Also, like keep him conscious.'”

The Orlando shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The gunman, Omar Mateen, was an American citizen who, according to his ex-wife, wanted to be a police officer. She also says he abused her. The AR-15 that he used in the massacre was legally purchased.

We will update the post as more names are released.


Update 1:28pm CT, Jun. 13: This post has been updated to include the names of more victims.

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