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Orlando: An Open Letter

We must stand together, care for one another but be undeterred in our fight against hate, violence

By Mario Ceballos, President, HONOR PAC
Published on LatinoLA: June 13, 2016


Orlando: An Open Letter


Friends,

I write to you with a heavy heart.

All of us at HONOR PAC were heartbroken, angered and utterly shocked by what transpired in Orlando this weekend. 50 lives were lost. 50 families were changed forever. And 53 others are currently fighting for their lives.

A vast majority of the victims were Latino. They were members of our community who found an otherwise safe place at Pulse Nightclub to express their love and live out their true authentic selves.

Our community has made significant strides in the past years, but this weekend is a horrific reminder of the dangers we still confront.

Please join me in sending prayers to those who lost their lives and their families:
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 Sulivan, 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

We must stand together, care for one another but be undeterred in our fight against hate, violence and demand responsible gun reform across our country.

In sadness,

- Mario

About Mario Ceballos, President, HONOR PAC:
Since 2005, HONOR PAC has become an authority on Latina/o LGBT political action. HONOR PAC is a non-partisan, mission driven Political Action Committee.
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