49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting. Here are their names and stories.

  1. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
    Edward Sotomayor Jr. loved traveling, making new friends and black hats. "Eddie was one sweetheart and I will miss talking and working with him. That smile and top hat is burned in my memory," his friend Nikki Stjames posted.
  2. Stanley Almodovar III, 23
    The pharmacy technician loved his family. And the feeling was mutual. The last video he posted on social media showed him laughing and singing on the way to the club, his mother told the Orlando Sentinel.
  3. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
    The dancer and barista was one of the youngest victims killed in the shooting.
  4. Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
    "He was always this amazing person (and) he was like a big brother to me," his cousin, Robert Guerrero, told CNN affiliate WESH.
  5. Luis S. Vielma, 22
    One of the people mourning his death is J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter book series. The author said Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. "I can't stop crying," she tweeted.
  6. Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
    Ortiz-Rivera moved to Florida from Puerto Rico for a chance at a better life, the Orlando Sentinel reported, A friend said he was always willing to help everybody and sacrificed a lot for his family.
  7. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
    Peter Gonzalez-Cruz worked at UPS and is remembered by customers as someone who tried to memorize the names of his regulars. "Such a happy soul, so hilarious, and made anyone's frown turn upside down," a friend wrote on Facebook.
  8. Kimberly Morris, 37
    The Pulse nightclub bouncer was known by friends as "KJ." She played basketball all four years of high school, former Torrington High School Athletic Director Charlie McSpiritt told CNN. She was a “scrappy player” who “played the game to her fullest," McSpiritt said.
  9. Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
    The accountant texted his mother from the club, according to CNN affiliate WFTV. After exchanging messages, including one where he said the gunman was in their bathroom hideout, he suddenly went quiet.
  10. Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
    Darryl Roman Burt II was a financial aid officer at Keiser University and was passionate about volunteer work. He was a member of the nonprofit organization JCI Florida.
  11. Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
    She was a bartender at Pulse, her family wrote on Facebook. Kareem Gray, her cousin, said family called her "Dee Dee."
  12. Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
    Alejando Barrios Martinez was only 21.
  13. Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25
    Alejandro Barrios Martinez grew up in Cuba and only recently moved to Orlando to live with his father. His mother still lives in Cuba, his cousin told CNN.
  14. Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
    Jean Carlos Mendez Perez and his partner, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, were both killed in the shooting.
  15. Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
    Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez didn't have children but his nephews and nieces were his everything, his close friend Sara Lopez told CNN. He was a professional dancer, specializing in a traditional folk dance of his native Puerto Rico.
  16. Amanda Alvear, 25
    Amanda Alvear was a nursing student at the University of South Florida. She loved her nieces Bella, 12, and Zatanna, 8, and had gone shopping with them on Saturday, her brother told the Orlando Sentinel.
  17. Martin Benitez Torres, 33
    Martín Benítez Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but had recently moved to Orlando to pursue a degree in Pharmacy as a technician, the Ana G. Mendez University System said in a statement.
  18. Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
    Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon grew up in a small town in Puerto Rico and was a shoe store manager. He and his partner, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez were both killed in the shooting.
  19. Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
    Mercedez Marisol Flores was a happy girl who had just decided to go out with some of her friends, her father Cesar Flores said.
  20. Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
    Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado was a dancer, described as hardworking and friendly, and proud of his son.
  21. Enrique Rios, 25
    "My heart is heavy, we grew up together and now he is gone," Erick Leon, who described himself as his cousin, posted on Facebook. "God took someone who was already an angel for so many people."
  22. Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
    Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez grew up in Peru. He studied health care management at the Ana G. Mendez University's Orlando campus, according to his Facebook page.
  23. Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
    Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez worked at McDonald's, where he brought in birthday cakes for his coworkers. He had just gotten back from a trip to Niagara Falls with his partner, Oscar A. Aracena-Montero.
  24. Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26
    Last month Oscar A Aracena-Montero and his partner, Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, celebrated purchasing a home together in Orlando, friend Danny Velazquez told CNN.
  25. Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
    Miguel Angel Honorato lived in Orlando with his family and managed a Mexican restaurant in Sanford, Florida. "We don't know what happened," colleague Jonny Reyes told CNN. "He was an excellent person, boss and friend."
  26. Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
    Javier Jorge-Reyes was a salesman at Gucci. Friends say he was always positive, humble and a lovely friend. A "beautiful soul has left this earth," friend Sam Gabriel wrote on Facebook.
  27. Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
    Jonathan A. Camuy Vega was originally from Puerto Rico where he worked for a Telemundo station in San Juan, his cousin told CNN. He moved to Florida for work with the same network.
  28. Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
    Joel Rayon Paniagua grew up in Veracruz, Mexico. He lived near Tampa and worked long hours in construction. He "worked day and night to send all his money to his family," a friend wrote in Spanish on Facebook.
  29. Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
    Jason Benjamin Josaphat was a 19-year-old student at Southern Technical College in Orlando. "He was a sweet, sweet kid that had a bright future ahead of him," Southern Technical admissions representative Fechete Mundo wrote on Facebook.
  30. Cory James Connell, 21
    Cory James Connell was leaving Pulse with his girlfriend when the gunman walked in, his family told CNN. His girlfriend survived the attack. Connell was a student at Valencia College and hoped to become a firefighter.
  31. Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
    Juan P. Rivera Velazquez was a hairstylist who co-owned a salon with his partner, Luis Daniel Conde.
  32. Luis Daniel Conde, 39
    Luis Daniel Conde was a makeup artist and co-owned a salon with his partner, Juan P. Rivera Velazquez. Neither man survived the attack.
  33. Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
    Shane Evan Tomlinson was a gifted singer who performed at weddings and clubs. Tomlinson graduated from East Carolina University in December 2003 with a bachelor of science degree in communication with a minor in business administration.
  34. Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
    Juan Chevez-Martinez was originally from Mexico. He worked at a hotel where his coworkers said he was a kind and loving person.
  35. Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
    Jerald Arthur Wright was originally from Equador and worked at Disney World. A coworker said he was wonderful with the guests and will be remembered as always smiling.
  36. Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
    Leroy Valentin Fernandez worked in an apartment leasing office. A coworker says he sang Adele in the office until they couldn't take it anymore.
  37. Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
    Tevin Eugene Crosby graduated from West Iredell High School in Statesville, North Carolina. He studied business administration at Strayer University South.
  38. Jean C. Nievs Rodriguez, 27
    Jean C. Nievs Rodriguez, originally from Puerto Rico, had recently purchased his first house. He is remembered as dependable and always willing to help a friend.
  39. Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
    Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala originally from Puerto Rican, loved dancing and helping others. He worked at OneBlood, a blood center in Orlando, as a Biologics Assistant since late 2011.
  40. Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
    Brenda Lee Marquez McCool was a mother to 11 children. She survived breast cancer and bone cancer only to die in the nightclub shooting, one of her sons wrote on Facebook. She often went dancing at Pulse with her gay son. Her son survived the shooting.
  41. Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
    Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan was enjoying a night out with her brother-in-law William Sabad Borges and friend Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega when the shooting began.
  42. Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
    "Drew" Leinonen and his boyfriend, Juan Guerrero, both passed away in the shooting. Leinonen graduated from the University of Central Florida. In high school he established a gay straight alliance.
  43. Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
    Angel L. Candelario-Padro recently moved to Orlando and had just started a new job as a technician at the Florida Retina Institute.
  44. Frank Hernandez, 27
    Frank Hernandez worked at a Calvin Klein store. Friends say he was a great brother, and had "love has no gender" tattooed on his arm.
  45. Paul Terrell Henry, 41
    Originally from Chicago, he loved to dance, make people laugh, and spend time with his two children. "His laughter was contagious and his heart was made of gold. He adored his daughter and talked about her daily! May he rest in peace," former co-worker Rachel Santos wrote in an online tribute page.
  46. Antonio Davon Brown, 29
    Antonio Davon Brown graduated from Florida A&M University. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
  47. Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
    Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz worked at a Chase bank branch. Friends say he was an incredibly positive and you wanted to be around him.
  48. Akyra Monet Murray, 18
    Akyra Monet Murray recently graduated from West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia where she was an honors student. She graduated third in her class. She had signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Mercyhurst College.
  49. Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
    Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, was known to his friends as "Drake." Originally from the Dominican Republic, he was on vacation in Orlando.