Photos: Mourners gather after Orlando nightclub massacre
Forty-nine people were killed and 53 more were wounded when a gunman launched an assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. The shooter, killed in a shootout with police after a three-hour siege, was Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida. The names of some of the victims killed in the shooting have been released, and include club-goers between the ages of 20 and 50 years old. Forty-three of the 53 people injured in the shooting remained hospitalized Monday, with five in grave condition.
Juan Ramon Guerrero was a homebody and student who’d recently come out to his family. Luis Vielma reportedly worked on a “Harry Potter” ride at Universal Studios. Stanley Almodovar III was a cheery pharmacy technician from Massachusetts. Kimberly Morris was a cellphone store manager with an independent streak. All four were at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that became the scene of the country’s worst mass shooting in recent history. They were among the 33 of the 49 victims identified by authorities by early Monday.
As many struggled to make sense of the tragedy, dozens of vigils were being held across the country and world. By early Monday, more than $1.3 million had been raised by a local LGBT group, Equality Florida, for victims and their families.
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