A barista, a bouncer and an accountant and more died at the attack in Florida club yesterday, about 50 people died and 53 injured.
About So far, 21 victims have been named: 17 men and four women. A few of the victims are listed as:
1.Edward Sotomayor, 34, who worked for a company that organised gay cruises.
2.Stanley Almodovar, 23, a pharmacy technician who was remembered as “kind and sassy”
3.Kimberly Morris, 37, who had only recently moved to Orlando and worked at Pulse as a bouncer.
4.Luis Vielma, 22, who worked at the Harry Potter section at Universal Studios.
5.Eddie Justice, 30, who sent his mother a series of text messages while inside the club .
The father of a gunman who killed 50 people in an Orlando gay club says he did not know that his son had a “grudge in his heart”.
Omar Mateen killed 50 people and wounded 53 more in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, before being shot dead by police. Seddique Mateen said he did not understand why his son carried out the shooting at the Pulse nightclub. He had earlier said his son was angered after seeing two men kissing in Miami.
In a statement posted online and addressed to people in his native Afghanistan, Seddique Mateen said his son was “a very good boy”, who had a wife and a child.
“I don’t know what caused it,” he said. “I never figured out that he had a grudge in his heart….I am grief-stricken.”The attack began at about 02:00 local time (06:00 GMT) on Sunday. There was an exchange of fire with a police officer working at the club, after which the suspect took hostages. At 05:00 a police assault team went into the club after police received text messages and phone calls from some of the hostages. Mateen was killed in an exchange of fire.
States of emergency have been declared in the city of Orlando and surrounding Orange County.
The ex-wife of the gunman ‘Sitora Yusufiy’ lived with Mateen for four months in 2009. She said her family “rescued” her from the relationship when they became aware that he was being physically abusive.
He beat her up regularly during their short-lived marriage for trivial things like not doing laundry, she said.
“When he would get in his tempers, he would express hate toward everything. He was mentally unstable and mentally ill: that’s the only explanation that I could give.”