Meet The Puerto-Rico, Venezuela Born Victims Of The Orlando Massacre

People hold candles during a memorial service at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando for the victims of the Pulse gay nightclub shooting where Omar Mateen allegedly killed 49 people in what is the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
People hold candles during a memorial service at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando for the victims of the Pulse gay nightclub shooting where Omar Mateen allegedly killed 49 people in what is the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By NAN Contributor

News Americas, ORLANDO, FL, Tues. June 14, 2016: Six of the victims of the 49 slaughtered senselessly by an ISIS sympathizer on June 12, 2016 at the Pulse  night club  in Orlando, FL were from the Caribbean, U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and one was from the South American nation of Venezuela, News Americas Now has so far learned.

As the City of Orlando released the final names of those senselessly slain by U.S.-born gun man Omar Mateen, the media has began learning more about the lives of those taken so suddenly and violently from their family and friends.

From Puerto Rico the slain to date are:

Anthony Luis Laureano

Anthony Luis Laureano according to his Facebook profile was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico but moved and settled in Orlando. Friends described him as “an amazing person,” “a special guy” and a talented dancer.

Martin Benitez Torres

Martin Benitez Torres was also born in Puerto Rico. She had recently moved to Orlando and was studying to become a pharmacy technician at the Ana G. Méndez University, Tampa bay campus. He was 33.

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, according to his Facebook profile, was born in Manati, Puerto Rico, and worked at a Speedway convenience store. The 25-year-old had studied health care management at Ana G. Mendez University in Orlando.

Javier Jorge-Reyes

Javier Jorge-Reyes was 40-years-old. He was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico and was a supervisor at a Gucci store in Orlando. “Our special thoughts are with Javier Jorge-Reyes, who lost his life, and all of our colleagues in Orlando,” a post on the company’s Facebook page said yesterday.

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega


Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, one of the Puerto -Rico born victims of The Orlando Killing.

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega was a Puerto Rican journalist who got his start at a Telemundo station in San Juan. He then moved to Florida to work at NBCUniversal Telemundo  where he worked in audience management for the current season of the singing competition show “La Voz Kids.” Camuy would have turned 25 at the end of this month.

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and is one of the victims of the Orlando terror attack.

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 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. Ortiz-Rivera reportedly decided to attend a friend’s housewarming celebration at the nightclub early Sunday.

From Venezuela:

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez was born in Venezuela but studied business administration at the Universidad de Turabo in Puerto Rico. He was 31 and a fast food restaurant manager in Orlando. He and his partner, Oscar Aracena-Montero, 26, had recently purchased a house together.

A man draped with the flag of the United States near candles attends a vigil in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris for victims of a shooting inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 13, 2016. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

The 49 victims 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

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Officials on Monday clarified 49 victims were killed and the shooter was the 50th person to die after exchanging gunfire with police.