Who Was Luis Vielma? The Orlando Shooting Victim Reportedly Worked In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter — UPDATE
Update: In a press conference Monday morning, Orlando police confirmed that 49 people had been killed and 53 injured early Sunday morning at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
Earlier: As authorities continue to investigate a mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which at least 50 people were killed and 53 more were wounded early Sunday, information has begun to surface about the victims. Less than 24 hours after the attack, city officials began to identify some of the 50 people killed in a somber post to the city of Orlando's website. Seven victims had been identified as of Sunday evening, including 22-year-old Luis S. Vielma.
"On this very difficult day, we offer heartfelt condolences to today’s victims and their families," Orlando city officials said. "Our city is working tirelessly to get as much information out to the families so they can begin the grieving process. Please keep the following individuals in your thoughts and prayers. #PrayforOrlando."
Not much is currently known about Vielma. A Facebook page reportedly belonging to him that is in the "memorial" mode for people who have passed away says the 22-year-old may have been a production assistant at Disaster Films and a ride operator at a local theme park in Orlando. According to his Facebook, it appears Vielma might have worked at the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and was studying to be a physical therapist assistant at Seminole State College of Florida.
Some of Vielma's friends wrote heartbreaking tributes to Vielma on Facebook and Twitter, sharing the grief over the loss of a close friend.
Author J.K. Rowling shared a surprising and heartfelt message about Vielma on Twitter, thus proving that the Pulse nightclub mass shooting has far-reaching effects on many.
While the families of victims publicly identified by the city had been notified, officials are reportedly still in the process of contacting the next of kin for all those tragically killed in Sunday's mass shooting.