Orlando nightclub shooting victims' names released
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old. Eric was originally from Puerto Rico, according to his Facebook page, and had studied at the Univercidad Central de Bayamon. Before the attack, he was living in Miami. Eric worked at Party City.
Worst Mass Shooting in US History: Toll in Fla. Soars to 50Shooter is identified as US citizen Omar Mateen. At least 53 people have been hospitalized. "There's blood everywhere," Mayor Buddy Dyer told a news conference. The gunman has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla., an American citizen born to Afghan parents, reports ABC News, which characterizes Mateen as "on the radar" of authorities, though not on a specific watchlist or subject of an investigation.
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35, was born in Puerto Rico. Claudia Agudelo, his co-worker at the Orlando Perfumania told the Orlando Sentinel, "He was always happy. He laughed with the people and would make jokes." He met his longtime partner, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, at the store. They were both killed in the Pulse Nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. Jean Carlos' friend, Marisa Castano, told People Magazine that he was the, "nicest guy you'd ever meet. Both of them, actually."