Remembering the Orlando 49: Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez

Remembering the Orlando 49: Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez

Every week between now and the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shootings, Orlando Weekly will profile a person killed on June 12, 2016. This week: Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez.

Just hours before heading out to the gay nightclub Pulse, Geraldo Ortiz Jimenez was hitting the gym. An avid gym rat, Ortiz, known as "Drake" to his friends, wouldn't even let up on his workout routine while he was on vacation. Just after seeing him, his friends would later learn on social media that Ortiz Jimenez and 48 others had been killed during a mass shooting at Pulse on June 12.

"You'll be missed at the gym here in PR [Puerto Rico]," his friend Wil Iglesias wrote on Facebook.

The 25-year-old was visiting Orlando to see a Selena Gomez concert at the Amway Center, something he posted about for months on Facebook.

Originally from the Dominican Republic and currently a college student studying law at the Universidad del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Ortiz made the trip specifically to see his favorite singer.

A self-proclaimed "Selenator," he often posted videos singing along to Gomez's music on his social media accounts. That weekend, while in Orlando, he posted a picture to his Instagram account as he posed with the singer's wax figure while visiting Madame Tussauds.

"With the love of my life," Ortiz wrote in Spanish, pretending to give the singer a kiss on the cheek.

Tiffany Ortiz, his niece, told the New York Times he had talked about the Orlando show nonstop since he bought the tickets a few months beforehand.

"He loved her, he absolutely loved her," she said.

She said her uncle was a very sweet guy, a sentiment many friends echoed on his social media accounts, calling Ortiz a brother, a sweetheart and a great human being.

"He always made everyone laugh and he was very kind of everyone," Tiffany Ortiz told the Times.

Ortiz seemed to take the lyrics from one of his favorite Gomez songs, "Kill 'Em With Kindness," to heart. Just a few weeks before his trip to Orlando he posted a video on his Instagram account which showed him feeding an abandoned, crying kitten.

"This kitten broke my heart," he wrote, describing how he shared his own meal with the stray.


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