HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Terror in Orlando 

A complete reconstruction of the worst day in Orlando history

Page 4 of 7

click to enlarge FBI spokesman Ron Hopper releases details about gunman Omar Mateen.
  • FBI spokesman Ron Hopper releases details about gunman Omar Mateen.

5:30 p.m.

Officials released some victims' names, but not all of them. In a tragic scene, people gathered at the Hampton Inn & Suites near Orlando Regional Medical Center cried out in anguish and wept at hearing the fate of their family members.

Most of the victims and their families are Latino. Many were disappointed after officials only gave the names of the wounded and did not confirm all the dead.

Sara López said she still doesn't know the fate of her friend Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 51. Velázquez was a professional Jíbaro dancer from Puerto Rico who traveled the world. López said Velázquez was with at least two friends at Pulse on Sunday morning.

His friends told her they heard shooting, but thought it was music until they started seeing people fall down. They tried to grab Velázquez, but he and others were pushed up against the wall by Mateen, who started shooting at the group. His friends ran out to the parking lot, and López says that's the last time Velázquez was seen. 

Jaime León was furious and anxious after hearing no news regarding his cousin Luis Daniel Wilson, 39, and his cousin's partner, Jean Méndez. The victims' bodies, which were still at the club at the time, had identification that officials could easily look at, León says. 

"I just want them to give us closure," he said. "If he's dead, I want to know."

Later, all three men were reported among the dead.

Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

March 3, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation