JK Rowling Shares Emotional Tribute to Orlando Club Shooting Victim

JK Rowling Shares Emotional Tribute to Orlando Club Shooting Victim
Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

In wake of the Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub that has left 50 people dead and 53 wounded — the deadliest mass shooting on American soil in modern U.S. history — J.K. Rowling has paid tribute to one of the confirmed victims from the massacre. The Harry Potter author took to Twitter to share a photo of 22-year-old Luis Vielma, who worked at Universal Orlando Resort, and specifically, the Harry Potter-themed ride at the park, according to his Facebook page

"I can't stop crying," Rowling wrote. 

Co-workers of Vielma responded to Rowling's tweet, describing him as someone who "brought smiles to everyone he met," to which Rowling offered more condolences. 

Another one of Vielma's co-workers said he was a "Gryffindor," but added that another worker at the ride, Tony, is still in intensive care. "I'm praying Tony pulls through," Rowling responded. "My thoughts are with all of you #LoveIsLove." 

As of writing, Vielma is one of 26 victims that have been named from the shooting, according to the city of Orlando's website.  

Read more: 
• Orlando Mass Shooting at Pulse Gay Nightclub Leaves at Least 50 Dead, 53 Wounded
• The Tony Awards' Opening Ceremony Paid a Touching Tribute to the Orlando Victims
• GoFundMe for Orlando Shooting Victims Has Raised Nearly $1 Million — And Counting

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