Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr. was enjoying Latin Night at Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, when he decided to invite his boss, Al Ferguson, to join the fun.
“He was with his boyfriend and they sent me a video text from the dance floor at Pulse, trying to get me to come over from where I was at,” recalled Ferguson, who owns the travel company where Sotomayor was national brand manager.
“What I will say, over and over again, was he was a person who said, ‘We cannot be afraid,’” said Ferguson. “I know his friends are going to be the exact same way… we are not going to be afraid.”
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
On his way to the Pulse nightclub, Stanley Almodovar III laughed and sang, posting to Snapchat while a friend drove.
“I wish I had that [video] to remember him forever,” said his mother Rosalie Ramos, 51.
Ramos said her son was a happy man with a big heart. He often fussed with his hair, changing the style. It was dyed Saturday night.
His aunt Yoly described him as “an amazing person with a good soul.” She said he had a promising future.
She said a young woman who was with him said he came out of the bathroom as bullets were flying and he pushed people out of the way.
He would have turned 24 later this month.
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
The last image friends have of Omar Capo shows the 20-year-old doing what he loves : Dancing.
“He was always just loving and kind,” said friend Daniel Suarez-Ortiz. “The reason why he moved to Orlando was for his acting and dancing career, and it hurts that he is not able to do that anymore.”
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
“My son, when he was in high school, he started the gay straight alliance, and he won the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award for bringing gays and straights together. I’ve been so proud of him for that. Please, let’s all just get along. We’re on this earth for such a short time. Let’s try to get rid of the hatred and the violence, please.”
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Ortiz Rivera had a brother and aunt living in the Orlando area — as well as a wide group of friends.
“I am really in shock that he was in the club, because he was not usually a club-scene person,” Colon Gomez said. “The only reason he went was because there was a house-warming party for our friend. And Eric was like his mentor.”
After the house-warming party on Saturday night, the crowd had moved to Pulse, a common place for members of the Hispanic gay community to celebrate — and all the more so on Saturday, which was Latin Night.
“My heart breaks,” Colon Gomez said. “We have seven friends who were there, and already we know three are dead.”
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
His cousins posted short, sorrowful messages on Twitter after learning the 22-year-old was among the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting.
“Rest in peace to my wonderful cousin,” read one. “May you rest easy in Heaven,” wrote another.
He worked at a UPS Store and was known for memorizing the names of regulars, according to customers.
ʺSuch a happy soul, so hilarious, and made anyone’s frown turn upside down,” a friend wrote on Facebook.
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
“He was always a friend you could call,” said Josh Boesch, who worked with Vielma at Universal. “He was always open and available.”
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, posted a message on Twitter about Vielma’s death early Monday.
“Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal,” Rowling wrote. “He was 22 years old. I can’t stop crying. #Orlando”
Vielma was an Emergency Medical Services student at Seminole State College, according to a statement from the school released Monday. He was taking a CPR class this summer and enrolled in classes for the fall semester.
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
“She was so excited. She’d just started working there and told me how she was thrilled to get more involved in the LGBT community there,” said ex-girlfriend Starr Shelton.
Shelton, 35, and Morris were together for more than a year and just recently separated when Shelton moved to San Francisco for school.
“She was such a great person and so full of life,” Shelton said. “I can truly say heaven has gained an angel.”
“She was just the sweetest person. I can’t think of a time when I did not see a smile on her face,” Benning said. “I’m so thankful of the good memories I have of her. This is just unreal.”
“I just remember after every single game she would give me a fist bump and tell me ‘Good game,’” said Benning, 38. “It didn’t matter how bad of a game it was, she was always there.”
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
The words “Mommy I love you” were the first in a tragic series of texts Eddie Jamoldroy Justice sent to his mother.
Mina Justice spoke with the Associated Press Sunday as she awaited news on her son. Mina Justice told the AP that her son loved to eat and workout.
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
He was an experienced human resources officer, having worked his way up from managing a McDonalds restaurant at age 18 to becoming a district manager and training officer for the company’s Jacksonville district.
Darryl R. Burt II, 29, lived in Jacksonville, where he worked as a financial aid officer for Keiser University. He was one of the clubgoers gunned down in the early morning hours at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
In his role at Keiser, Burt worked closely with military veterans to make sure they had access to financial aid and other funding options. He served as a liaison to veteran students from enrollment through to graduation.
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Drayton, 32, had her demons, but she was in the midst of a renaissance when she was killed in the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning.
“She was doing better [when I spoke to her last month],” said Ashleigh Alleyne, Drayton’s girlfriend from 2010 to about 2015. “She was still on probation, but she wasn’t getting in trouble, she was actually working with her cousin, I believe.
Drayton, according to Alleyne, is survived by a three-year-old boy she helped raise.
Drayton’s aunt, Patricia Drayton Banks, commemorated her niece on her Facebook page Monday.
“While keeping the others in Orlando in prayer, keep my brother, his wife and both our families in your prayers,” Banks said in the post. “R.I.P Dee Dee. You know this Auntie will miss you.”
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
It didn’t matter the style — salsa, mambo, tango, or ballroom dancing — Laureano Disla was filled with joy when he was on a dance floor moving to a music’s rhythm, family members said.
“He was very talented,” cousin Ana Figueroa of Orlando said. “He started dancing when he was about 10 years old. It was his passion.”
His two roommates were critically injured. Their conditions have since been upgraded to stable, Figueroa said.
“I want people to remember Anthony as someone who was very happy and very kind,” Figueroa said. “This is just devastating for our family and his friends.”
Laureano Disla’s mother, Olga Disla, received word of her son’s death in Puerto Rico on Sunday and flew into Orlando on the same day. His father, Luis Laureano, was planning to arrive Monday.
“He had a lot of close friends, and they are devastated,” Figueroa said. “May he rest in peace, my lovely Anthony.”
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
One of the customers Perez charmed at the perfume shop was Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, who would become his longtime partner. The two were together at Pulse nightclub early Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of dancers and Latin music-lovers. Both Perez and Wilson-Leon were among the 49 victims who died in the attack.
Perez moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico when he was in his teen years, said his father, Angel Mendez. Adjusting to a new home was challenging at first, but it wasn’t long before Perez made friends and built a new life for himself.
“He was a real dynamic kid,” said Mendez, 58, of Orlando.
Agudelo said Perez met his longtime partner thanks to a specific fragrance: Declaration by Cartier.
It was the scent Perez sold to Wilson-Leon when he walked into Perfumania about a decade ago. The two men ran into each other again at a nightclub and soon fell in love, Agudelo said.
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
There was Jimmy De Jesus, described as a loving brother by his sister Shiela, who spoke to NBC News. Jimmy, whom she described as very “luchador,” a fighter, came to the U.S. about 8 years ago from Puerto Rico. He had studied accounting and found work as a hotel worker when he got to Orlando. Shiela praised her brother’s work ethic and said his decision to move to the U.S. was motivated by his pursuit of the American dream.
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
“She was meticulous about calling home, letting my parents know if she was coming home, staying out or staying with friends,” her brother said.
Amanda had spent Friday and Saturday shopping with Brian’s daughters, Bella, 12, and Zatanna, 8. She had spoiled them with clothes.
“She was a fashionista. She liked to look good and she wanted my girls – her girls - to look good,” he said. “She liked to make them look very good.”
“She wouldn’t want anyone to spread hate for her,” her brother said. “She’d rather they spread more love, keep friends and family close, and have a good time doing it.”
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
A spokeswoman for Ana G. Méndez University confirmed that Torres was one of multiple students who were victims in the shooting.
Torres posted videos on his Facebook page on Saturday morning and afternoon, showing him sharing time with an aunt and family he was staying with in Orlando. He recorded a walking tour of the apartment property grounds to show friends and relatives back in Puerto Rico, and showed food sent to Orlando by his mother, Myriam Torres, of Galateo, Puerto Rico.
A sister, Nelly Geannette Benitez, posted memorial photos of Martin on Facebook. A cousin, Sonia N. Crapps of Orlando, posted the following on Facebook with a photo of Martin:
“Going to miss that big smile always happy ... I can’t believe that my cousin is gone too soon. He was amazing person inside & outside. I am so tired of people killing other people like our family & friends.”
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37, who grew up in Puerto Rico, was a protector, confidant and hero, according to Daniel Gmys-Casiano, a friend for almost 20 years
“He moved to Vero Beach, alone, and knowing almost no English – he was my hero,” Gmys-Casiano said.
He said Wilson-Leon was immediately promoted to manager at a shoe store and eventually gave him a job when he moved from Puerto Rico to the U.S.
There would be gaps in their long friendship, but Gmys-Casiano would call and, “I talked to him like I saw him yesterday,” he said.
“I think I gave him the courage to come out,” Gmys-Casiano said.
Wilson-Leon had been together with Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 and another fatality in the Pulse nightclub shooting, for about eight years.
“He’s been dealing with hate all his life. We all have. I have. He never retaliated with hate. He was a very loving person. He was strong. He would stand to protect his friends,” Gmys-Casiano said.
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
She was also an avid music fan, according to her niece, Jennifer Flores.
“Whenever I was in the car with her, she always had the music blasting, and I guess she got the love of music from my father and uncle who are DJs,” Flores said in an email. “She was just a really fun nice person and cared a lot about her friends. She really did live her life the way she wanted to.”
Flores, 26, of Davenport attended Pulse Nightclub with her friend, Amanda Alvear, on Saturday night. Both were confirmed among those killed in the shootings at the popular club.
Cesar Flores thanked family and friends for their prayers and support upon awaking to the confirmation of his younger sister’s passing.
“It is not fair that such a horrific act of hate would take the life of a beautiful soul,” Cesar wrote. “No words can describe the pain my family is going through.”
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Serrano was a dancer and had previously worked as an entertainer at Splash Bar at Panama City Beach in Florida. Serrano had a young son.
In a statement on Facebook, the bar said: “It’s with a heavy heart we must confirm the passing of Eman Valentino (Xavier E. Serrano) after being shot at the Orlando nightclub Pulse by a madman. He was part of Splash’s extended family and leaves a small son behind.
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
“This is news you just don’t want to wake up to, but it has been confirmed that our cousin was victim of this shooting,” Silva’s cousin, Maribel Silva wrote on her Facebook wall. “Near or far, we are blood and loss like this is difficult to swallow. Love and prayers to you all.”
Silva grew up in Manati, Puerto Rico, and moved to Orlando a few years ago, according to Irma Silva-Lauer, another cousin. His Facebook wall says he was studying health care management at the Ana G. Mendez University’s Orlando campus.
“He is my older brother’s only child, and he was the light and the life of all the family gatherings. This all feels like a dream, and I’m going to wake up and he will be texting me or calling me to tell me he is ok,” Silva-Lauer wrote in a message to the Orlando Sentinel.
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Simon Carrillo never forgot a birthday. For his McDonald’s co-workers, he brought in cakes and made sure to snap a photo to memorialize the moment.
Carrillo’s attention to detail was a trademark of his leadership style, something his colleagues deeply admired.
Today they are “distraught, falling apart,” after they learned their manager and his partner Oscar Aracena-Montero, were among those killed in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Carrillo and his partner had recently purchased their Kissimmee home, she said. Just weeks ago, they celebrated Aracena-Montero’s birthday there.
He enjoyed dancing, reggaeton, bachata, salsa and meringue music. He rode bikes and water skis.
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Yamilka Pimentel of New Jersey, who said she was a cousin of Aracena, said he flew back into Orlando and stopped only briefly at his Kissimmee home before going with friends for Latin Night at the gay club.
“He went to Canada on vacation. We saw pictures,” Pimentel said. “They stopped in New York and went to Niagara Falls. They just flew back into Orlando they same day (the Pulse shootings) happened.”
Pimentel said Oscar moved with his father, Ambiorix Aracena, from the Dominican Republic to Central Florida as a child.
“Oscar was a very sweet guy. Very sweet to everybody,” Pimentel said. “Every time he met somebody they would like him a lot. He was the type of guy who goes along with anybody.”
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Gertrude Merced, Rios’ mother, doesn’t remember exactly what her son told her the last time they spoke on Friday, but recalls the upbeat inflection in his voice.
“He just sounded so happy,” Merced told the New York Daily News. “Enrique was a wonderful person.”
Rios was a social worker, according to his Facebook page.
Merced started a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising $4,000 to bring Rios’ body back to Brooklyn.
“My family is torn apart and all I would like is to have my son with me so he can [have] the funeral he deserves,” Merced wrote. “My son was a good kid. He was just having a great time on his vacation, until this deranged man came in and shot the place up killing 49 people and 30 in critical condition. Please help me bring my son home for a proper funeral.”
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Messages of condolences and support began flooding Jose Honorato’s Facebook page Monday morning after the news that his brother, Miguel Angel Honorato, was one of the 49 victims of Sunday’s mass shooting.
Jose spoke to WTLK/WJXX Sunday while waiting for information about his brother, a 30-year-old father of three children who lived in Apopka and went out with some friends Saturday night to Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
“He liked to go out,” said friend Jose Diaz of Tampa. “He was proud to be Latino, super proud.”
Jorge-Reyes came to Central Florida from Puerto Rico.
Friends knew him as “Javi” and on Facebook recalled his smile, sass and energy. “He was always positive,” Diaz said. “He was very humble. He was a lovely friend.”
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Friends and family remembered him as a humble, cheerful, religious person who did his best to uplift people.
“He was the best,” said Barragan, who met Rayon Paniagua at church in Winter Garden. “He was loyal. He was always trying to do stuff to make you feel better.”
He was working in construction, trying to make money and send some home.
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
“He was very excited about his journey,” said Josaphat’s uncle, Christopher Long.
Early Sunday, Josaphat called his mother from Pulse nightclub, family said. Someone was shooting. She told him to hide in a bathroom stall, while she called 911.
Long and Josaphat’s aunt, Josette Desile, described him as the quiet type, never one to bother anyone.
“He was always helpful, always willing to help someone in need,” said Desile. Added Long: “Never once has he ever shown any type of rage or anger. He was just high on life.”
Josaphat was an Orlando native with two brothers and a sister, the child of Myrlande Bebe and Jackson Josaphat.
“They both were very, very, very much proud of him,” Long said.
Sunday morning, when the gunfire started, Josaphat called Bebe. As she dialed 911 on another phone, she kept her son on the line, Desile said.
“She said she heard the shots getting closer,” Desile said.
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Teachers described Cory James Connell as the “sweetest kid ever” and “their all-time favorite.” His brother said he was the “super hero” of their family.
The 21-year-old was among the victims from Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando.
Connell’s brother Ryan wrote on Facebook that his grieving family lost their “super hero” and a “family man through and through” when his brother died.
“The world lost an amazing soul, today,” Ryan Connell wrote Monday. “God just got the best of angels.”
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson sang with his band Frequency Saturday night at Blue Martini nightclub.
Tomlinson, 33, was a vibrant and charismatic lead vocalist for the cover band, performing at night clubs and weddings, according to videos posted on the band’s website and YouTube.
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Jose Crisantos of Haines City, heard that Juan Chavez Martinez might have been at Pulse during Saturday night’s tragedy.
“Other people were posting that he was out there during the shooting … it was tragic when I heard it,” Crisantos said.
“I was a housekeeper and he was a supervisor,” Crisantos said. “He was very well known among us as very kind and loving. … There was nobody else like him. It is a devastating loss.”
His Facebook page listed his hometown as Huichapan, Mexico.
Friend Tomas Martinez returned a call Monday and was still audibly shaken by the events of the past 36 hours.
“My heart is still breaking for my friend. It is very hard to talk right now. He had a lot of friends. I do not know any information about his family.”
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31, was part of at least two families — his biological one and tight-knit group of friends he worked with at Walt Disney World.
On Monday, they mourned as his name was added to the list of those killed in the Pulse Orlando mass shootings.
“It’s hard to understand, but the people with you work with at Disney, they are an amazing family,” said Scott Dickison, who left Disney last July to take a job with ION Network in Clearwater. “Jerry was a great guy to work with. He was quiet but really wonderful with all the guests. He always had a smile on his face.”
His parents live in Miami. They said through a family friend that they were too upset to talk Monday.
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
His last post on Instagram came during the weekend. It was a picture of himself alongside his mother with a handful of hashtags that included “#foreveryoung #gorgeous #beautifulmoments #lovewhoyouare,” and other phrases that depicted his passion for family and friends.
Christian Colon Vega left a heartfelt message in Spanish about Fernandez on his own Facebook page Monday.
“My heart is broken with the news of your departure, I can’t contain the tears and the pain I feel inside of me,” Colon Vega wrote. “You will always be my baby and I will always love you. May the Lord receive you with open arms and I hope to see you soon my love.”
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
The sentiments perfectly match the successful, dedicated 25-year-old business owner from Michigan, his brother Chavis Crosby said.
“He was very ambitious,” Chavis said. “Whatever goal he had in mind, he worked hard. Whether alone or on a team, he worked on that goal.”
Tevin gave him advice on what his next steps should be.
“He was definitely a good person and a good brother to me,” Chavis said.
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Jonathan Camuy, 25, a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, had worked on the hit show “La Voz Kids” that airs on the Telemundo network.
“He was a great assistant producer - Jonathan will be missed dearly,” said NBC Universal Telemundo chairman Cesar Conde in a statement. “Please join me in remembering Jonathan and the other victims taken so early in life by a senseless, horrible act.”
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez bought his first house a month and a half ago.
He wanted his mom to live someplace nice.
“He was just a caring, loving guy — just like a big teddy bear,” said one of his best friends, Ivonne Irizarry.
He started working at a McDonald’s in Boggy Creek when he was 15. Within a few years, he became a manager.
In recent years, he became a general manager of a check-cashing store.
“He cared more about others than about himself,” said his sister, Valeria Monroig.
His family and friends loved him.
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
If Rodolfo Ayala had survived, he’d probably be extremely busy right now.
As a biologics assistant at the OneBlood donation center off Sand Lake Road, the 33-year-old Kissimmee resident would have been helping process donations for victims of Sunday’s mass shooting.
Ayala had bought both a car and a house within the past year. This coming Wednesday would have been his one-year anniversary for home ownership.
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
“She was a fighter,” said Noreen Vaquer, who met her as a Brooklyn kindergartener. “She doesn’t take nothing from nobody.”
Her longtime friend said McCool, 49, stuck up for her herself, for her friends and for the 12 children she raised.
She was a two-time cancer survivor who dealt with the loss of both parents, Vaquer said. She’d made a number of moves in her life, bouncing between New Jersey and Florida before ultimately deciding to settle in Orlando, Vaquer said. Recently, she’d decided to become a real estate agent and started taking classes.
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
In a tearful television interview with ABC, Christine Leinonen told the world she just happened to wake up at 4 a.m. and check her Facebook. There, she saw one her son’s friend recount the horrific scene.
She immediately drove to Pulse.
“I called him last night at 6 o’clock,” Christine Leinonen told ABC. “He was at SeaWorld …I left him with, ‘I love you Chris.’
Christopher Leinonen, 32, went out with his boyfriend, Juan Guerrero, who also lost his life that night. Social media flooded with photos of the couple smiling out together and with family and friends.
Leinonen’s Facebook profile says he was born in Detroit, Mich., and studied clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida. He started a gay-straight alliance when he was in high school, his mother said, and won the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award for his work in the gay community.
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
The feed of 28-year-old Angel Luis Candelario-Padro’s Facebook tells the story of a young man from Guánica, Puerto Rico, who recently moved to Orlando from Chicago to start a new life.
Candelario-Padro’s aunt told the online Metro news organization of Puerto Rico that he was with a friend Sunday morning who was shot three times in the leg. His friend asked if Candelario-Padro was okay and the friend saw him fall.
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
“Frankie was a really great big brother,” said 18-year-old Julissa Leal, one of his five siblings. “I miss him so much already.”
Hernandez, 27, whose life philosophy “love has no gender” was tattooed in script on his upper right arm, was among friends Sunday when he was killed inside The Pulse nightclub. He move about three years ago from Louisiana to Orlando, where he felt more accepted, his sister said.
His family feared something had happened Sunday morning when they awoke to the news of a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay hotspot for Latinos. His mother, Esmeralda, tried to reach him but couldn’t. His siblings tried to raise him on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook without luck.
Julissa then heard from Frankie’s boyfriend, who was shot in the arm at the club, but lost track of her brother.
She and her mother drove 753 miles from their home near Lafayette, La., to Orlando, hoping to find Frankie alive.
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Hernandez said Henry, a Chicago native, loved to dance and have fun. Henry enjoyed spending time at the Bear Den at Parliament House and excelled at pool.
He loved his family, including two children. His daughter, Alexia, recently graduated high school.
“I miss him. I love him,’’ Hernandez said in an email. “I took care of him, and he took care of me. Such a loving spirit. I’ll always have him in my heart.
“He kept many aspects of his life private from family. He felt that there was no need for them to know what he does in his life. His priority was to make sure his kids were taken care of.’’
Asked what he will remember most about Henry, Hernandez had a simple response.
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29, was a 2008 graduate of Florida A&M University. The university confirmed his death Monday afternoon.
The Cocoa Beach native studied criminal justice at the university and also served in ROTC. He went on to become a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz 24 years old
“He [was] a wonderful person and this is such a tragedy,” said Mike Wallace, a close family friend. “He was cut down in his prime.”
After hearing news of the nightclub massacre that claimed 50 lives early Sunday, Wallace and Sanfeliz’s father, Carlos Sanfeliz, traveled to Orlando, arriving about noon, Wallace said.
Sanfeliz’s family spent the day at the hospital in Orlando, Wallace said. They waited hours for any news about whether Sanfeliz had been admitted.
When the hospital released the names of its patients, Christopher Sanfeliz was not among them.
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
West Catholic Prep is terribly saddened to report that Akyra Murray ‘16 has been confirmed as a victim in the mass shooting in Orlando this weekend. Akyra was on a family vacation to celebrate graduation and visit her brother. A recent graduate, Akyra was a superstar who was a leader amongst her classmates and teammates. She was an honors student whom graduated third in her class, and a 1,000 point scorer on the Lady Burrs basketball team. Akyra recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Mercyhurst College. May God bless Akyra’s soul and provide comfort to all family and friends during this very troubling time.
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
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