The City of Orlando has begun releasing the names of victims in the mass shooting of a nightclub there that left at least 50 people dead.
The following are the names that are being released by the city:
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Edward Sotomayor was a caring, energetic man known for wearing a silly top hat on cruises, said David Sotomayor, who identified himself as the victim’s cousin.
David Sotomayor, who lives in Chicago, said Sunday that Edward worked for a company that held gay cruises and often traveled to promote the company’s events.
‘‘He was just always part of the fun,’’ David Sotomayor said.
The two discovered they were related after meeting at Orlando’s annual Gay Days festival around a decade ago. They texted regularly and kept in touch, last seeing each other earlier this year at a filming of the television reality show ‘‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’’ David Sotomayor said.
David Sotomayor is a drag queen who appeared on a season of the show using the name ‘‘Jade.’’ He said Edward Sotomayor supported him and often sent him Facebook messages. They last exchanged messages late last week.
‘‘You never think that’s going to be the last time you speak to him,’’ David Sotomayor said. ‘‘It’s just heartbreaking to know it just can happen anytime.’’
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, had told his cousin Robert Guerrero, that he was gay about two years ago but he was worried about how the rest of his family would react so he did not tell them until just before the beginning of this year. And when he did? ‘‘They were very accepting,’’ said Guerrero, 19. ‘‘As long as he was happy, they were OK with it.’’
On Sunday morning, after learning that so many people had died at a gay nightclub, Pulse, that his cousin had gone to once in a while, Guerrero started to become concerned. Later in the day, his fears were realized when the family learned that Guerrero was identified as one of the victims.
Robert Guerrero said his cousin worked as a telemarketer and in recent months he started attending college at the University of Central Florida. Guerrero said his cousin didn’t quite know what he wanted to study, but he was happy to be in school. And he was happy in a relationship with a person his relatives came to regard as a member of the family, Guerrero said.
‘‘He was always this amazing person (and) he was like a big brother to me,’’ he said of his cousin. ‘‘He was never the type to go out to parties, would rather stay home and care for his niece and nephew.’’
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Stanley Almodovar III’s mother had prepared a tomato-and-cheese dip for him to eat when he came home from his night out.
Instead, Rosalie Ramos was awakened by a call at 2 a.m. Sunday telling her something had happened.
Ramos told the Orlando Sentinel her son, a 23-year-old pharmacy technician, posted a Snapchat video of himself singing and laughing on his way to Pulse nightclub.
‘‘I wish I had that (video) to remember him forever,’’ she told the newspaper.
A friend, Hazel Ramirez, told the Washington Post she also saw a video from Almodovar on Snapchat and learned Sunday afternoon what had happened.
Ramirez described Almodovar as ‘‘kind, but sassy,’’ and someone who was comfortable with his own sexual identity.
‘‘He was so proud of who he was,’’ she told the Post. ‘‘He would do his makeup better than anyone else. It was so easy to be myself with him.’’
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Kimberly Morris, 37
Two people in western Massachusetts said they feared that a friend named Kimberly Morris was among the dead. Morris was a local woman who had performed at a club called Diva’s in Northampton and had recently moved to Orlando and worked as a bouncer at Pulse, said Holyoke city councilor Nelson Roman and Liz Mazzei, who said she performed as a drag team with Morris at Diva’s. The City of Orlando listed a 37-year-old Kimberly Morris as one of the shooting victims.
Luis S. Vielma, 22