The Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. History

 By:  Anny Jules  

Sunday, June 12, 2016 marked the deadliest mass shooting in United States’ history and the nation's worst terror attack since 9/11. 



Approximately 49 people were slaughtered and 53 people injured following the horrific shooting that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida at the hands of gunman and ISIS sympathizer Omar Mateen, 29. 


Authorities are not only calling this horrific event a terrorist attack, but a hate crime against the LGBTQ community that has been celebrating gay pride across the nation.


“After a standoff of about three hours, while people trapped inside the club desperately called and messaged friends and relatives, police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle and stun grenades and killed Mateen,” CNN reports. 


Among the victims murdered during the shooting include 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, 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, and Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old.


May you all rest in peace. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families of the victims at this time. 


Story From: CNN, CBS News