Some of the Orlando nightclub shooting victims’ names revealed

Jermaine Towns, left, and Brandon Shuford wait down the street from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. Towns said his brother was in the club at the time. A gunman opened fire at a nightclub in central Florida, and multiple people have been wounded, police said Sunday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The City of Orlando has released names of victims of the nightclub shooting whose next of kin have been contacted. The list will be periodically updated on www.cityoforlando.net/bloc/victims/ as those who died are identified and families and loved ones notified. The city gave no additional information other than the names.

  • Edward Sotomayor Jr.
  • Stanley Almodovar III
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz

Orlando victim described as caring, energetic man

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, told The Associated Press 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.”

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