WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – June 14, 2016) – The USHCC joins the rest of the country and civilized world in mourning the loss of the 50 young men and women innocently gunned down at Pulse Nightclub this weekend in Orlando, Florida. We solemnly reflect on this Saturday evening in America, a day that began with celebration, love, and pride, and ended as the largest mass shooting in American history. Below are the names of those who lost their lives celebrating love — we will remember them and their stories today, and every day. One day, these names will bring a smile to our faces before a tear to our eyes.
The shooting took place on Latin Night at Pulse, an evening that married Hispanic culture and LGBT pride to remind us of our common humanity, a deeper mutuality that exists among communities, and the universal languages of music, self-expression, and love that bring people from all walks of life together.
And while the majority of the victims were of Hispanic decent, the silent heroes inside and outside the club — who sprang into action to help the injured — came from all backgrounds.
These silent heroes, along with the survivors who have courageously shared their experiences, send a clear message: No matter the tragedy, our bond as Americans can sustain us, and we will never allow our dreams to be undermined by the nightmares inflicted upon them.
That is why we are proud to stand strongly in support of our brothers and sisters at the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and the LGBT community at large, during these tragic times.
Our association is committed — both in word and deed — to doing its part to help. Our local chamber, the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) has organized a coalition of sister organizations and certified, bilingual mental health professionals to help the city heal. The coalition will help families directly impacted by the shooting, as well as children and adults in need of guidance. To learn more about these local efforts, contact info@HispanicChamber.net.
Names of the victims:
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old
ABOUT THE USHCC
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $661 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visitushcc.com.