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A man lays down 50 roses to honor each victim of the gay Orlando night club shooting as people gather outside of the Stonewall Inn as a vigil is held following the massacre that occurred on June 12, 2016 in New York City. A gunman who allegedly pledged allegiance with ISIS opened fired in the gay nightclub in Florida killing over 50 people. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)


By NAN Contributor

News Americas, ORLANDO, FL, Mon. June 13, 2016: A Caribbean national born in Puerto-Rico has been identified as one of the first few names published as fatal victims of the worst mass shooting in American history.

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and is one of the victims of the Orlando terror attack whose name has been made public so far.

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera is one of  the victims identified publicly so far by the City of Orlando in the Pulse night club terror attack that has now stunned nationals across the country and the world.

Ortiz, 36, was born in Puerto Rico but lived in Miami, according to his Facebook page. He went by the nickname “Shaki and was married with a husband. He worked at a Party City and a Sunglass Hut and has a passion for interior decorating and hair-styling.

He along with others was shot and killed by Omar Mateen, 29, a New York-born U.S. citizen whose parents were born in Afghanistan. Mateen open fired in the crowded gay night club and then called 911 to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).

The other victims whose names have been released so far are:

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old.


Lin-Miranda Pays Tribute

The victims were remembered skillfully by Puerto Rico-roots actor, composer, rapper and writer,, Lin-Manuel Miranda, at the Tony Awards Sunday night, where he won early for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

In receiving the award for Best Book of a Musical, Miranda recited a touching sonnet which opened about his wife Vanessa, then centered on the Orlando tragedy. He mourned the “senseless acts of tragedy” but reminded everyone: “Love cannot be killed or swept aside. Love Is Love Is Love Is Love Is Love.”

Gloria Estefan Tribute

Cuba-born singer Gloria Estefan, who performed at the Tony’s. ““My heart breaks for the friends and families of the souls whose lives were taken by two senseless acts of violence in two days in Orlando, Florida, a place I consider my home,” she wrote on Instagram. “As these massacres become commonplace it becomes even more important for us to love each other as much as humanly possible and to never lose hope that we can somehow make things better. Love will always win and lead us through the darkness into the light…???”❤️✌May the souls of the victims rest in peace.”

Ricky Martin Tribute

Puerto-Rico-born gay singer Ricky Martin took a more activist point of view as he tweeted: “I am gay and I am not afraid. Love conquers all. #PrayforOrlando,” while tweeting the VOX story on the congressmembers who voted against the amendment to add the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to the defense spending bill.

They are according to VOX:

In the Senate:

Sen. John Barasso (R-WY)

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Sen. James Risch (R-ID)

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Sen. John Thune (R-SD)

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

In the House:

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL)

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Rep. John Boozman (R-AR), who’s now a US senator

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA)

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)

Rep. Dan Camp (R-MI)

Rep. Shelley Capito (R-WV), who’s now a US senator

Rep. John Carter (R-TX)

Rep. John Chaffetz (R-CA)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)

Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), who’s now a US senator

Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN)

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who’s now a US senator

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA)

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)

Rep. Steven Guthrie (R-KY)

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS)

Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV), who’s now a US senator

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

Rep. Pete King (R-NY)

Rep. John Kline (R-MN)

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)

Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)

Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Rep. John Mica (R-FL)

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)

Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS), who’s now a US senator

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX)

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)

Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL)

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)

Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE)

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH)

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH)

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA)

Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

President Obama Tribute

And on Sunday afternoon, President Obama remembered those who lost their lives during a press conference, and grieved the “horrific massacre of dozens of innocent people”:

“In the coming hours and days, we’ll learn about the victims of this tragedy. Their names, their faces, who they were, the joy they brought to their family and friends, and the difference they made in this world. Say a prayer for them. Say a prayer for their families. May god give them the strength to bear the unbearable.”


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