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The faces we should never forget

Don’t let their sacrifice be forgotten in the political debate about gun control and immigration.

These are the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and they should not be forgotten.
But sadly, it seems they are at risk of being lost in the white noise of the political debate currently raging in the United States and around the world.
While gun control, immigration and gay rights are important issues, it’s equally critical we don’t forget the ultimate sacrifice made by 49 people who went out looking for fun and ended up losing their lives when Omar Mateen stormed Orlando’s Pulse nightclub with an assault rifle.
What’s more, the death toll seems likely to grow, with another six people in a critical condition in hospital and a further 47 battling less serious injuries.
Here, we name all of the fallen in the hope that their names and faces are never forgotten.
Edward Sotomayor Jr.
Stanley Almodovar III
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo
Juan Ramon Guerrero
Kimberly Morris
Luis S. Vielma
Amanda Alvear
Enrique L. Rios Jr.
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez
Christopher Andrew Leinonen
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega
Javier Jorge-Reyes
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon
Akyra Murray
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool
Shane Evan Tomlinson
Tevin Eugene Crosby
Deonka Deidra Drayton
Cory James Connell
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice
Miguel Angel Honorato
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz
Darryl Roman Burt II
Alejandro Barrios Martinez
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez
Martin Benitez Torres
Mercedez Marisol Flores
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero
Joel Rayon Paniagua
Jason Benjamin Josaphat
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez
Luis Daniel Conde
Juan Chevez-Martinez
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera
Jerald Arthur Wright
Leroy Valentin Fernandez
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan
Christopher Andrew Leinonen
Angel L. Candelario-Padro
Frank Hernandez
Paul Terrell Henry
Antonio Davon Brown
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz

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