The youngest was 18. The oldest was 50. Their average age was 29.
Officials in Florida released Monday evening the names and ages of the 49 people massacred Sunday morning at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. Other than an acceptance of the diversity of sexual identity and a shared affinity for late-night clubbing, the backgrounds of the dead are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow flag.
The list of the people struck down by a radicalized New York-born son of Afghan immigrants encompasses churchgoers, student-athletes and travel agents.
The list includes Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49, who was out for a late night on the town with her gay son, who survived the shooting. Also on it are Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, and Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32, who instead of fulfilling their dreams of marriage will share a funeral. In addition, there are Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22, a UPS employee originally from South Africa, and Amanda Alvear, 25, a University of South Florida nursing student.
The youngest victim has been identified as Akyra Monet Murray, a student and athlete at a Philadelphia high school celebrating her graduation with a trip to Orlando. The oldest has been ID’d as Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velazquez, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico who worked at Forever 21 in Orlando.
Because it was Latin Night at Pulse, many of the victims were Puerto Rican men — Orlando has become a refuge for islanders fleeing the commonwealth’s dismal economic straits.
Here’s the latest list of the dead as released by Orlando’s city government. For more details about the people massacred by a homophobic man influenced by radical religious extremists half a world away, visit the Orlando Sentinel.
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old