Young Victims of Orlando Mass Shooting are Haitian and Puerto Rican College Students

Orlando Mass Shooting
Orlando Mass Shooting
Jason Josaphat and Anthony Laureano Facebook Pictures: Orlando Mass Shooting Victims

All the names of the victims in the Orlando Massacre that occurred inside the Pulse nightclub in downtown Orlando Sunday morning has been released. Among them was Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 20,  and Anthony Luis Laureano Disla 25, according to the City of Orlando’s website.

Orlando Mass Shooting

Anthony Luis Laureano Disla loved to dance.

“He was very talented,” cousin Ana Figueroa of Orlando said. “He started dancing when he was about 10 years old. It was his passion.”

Early Sunday morning, Laureano Disla, 25, was dancing and laughing with his friends at the Pulse nightclub, when a gunman stormed in. Laureano Disla was shot several times and died. Laureano Disla was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and studied communications at Universidad Del Sagrado Corazon. But a few credits shy of graduating, Laureano Disla packed a few belongings and moved to Orlando about three years ago to pursue a career as a dancer and choreographer.

Jason Benjamin Josaphat

Josaphat studied at Skyline High in Mesa, Arizona. He is believed to have been a student at Southern Technical Institute in the city. Jackson Josaphat, his father, say his son was an inspiring photographer who loved people. He was also a student studying nursing at Orlando’s Valencia Community College.

Josaphat was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to both  Haitian parents of Jackson Josaphat and Myrlande Bebe on August 20, 1995. Many described him as bright and funny.

“He was the soft spoken, outgoing, class clown that’s always making people laugh. He graduated 2 years ago and wanted to be a photographer. That’s a big lost. I’m still hoping it’s a dream.”, his aunt Daphne Josaphat told us.

List of Names

  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22
  • K.J. Morris, 37
  • Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
  • Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25
  • Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
  • Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
  • Amanda Alvear, 25
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33
  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
  • Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
  • Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
  • Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26
  • Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
  • Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
  • Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 20
  • Cory James Connell, 21
  • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
  • Luis Daniel Conde, 39
  • Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
  • Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
  • Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
  • Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
  • Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
  • Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
  • Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
  • Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
  • Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, 32
  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
  • Frank Hernandez Escalante, 27
  • Paul Terrell Henry, 41
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18
  • Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
  • Antonio Davon Brown, 29
  • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25