As next of kin are notified, the City of Orlando is releasing the names of the 50 victims who lost their lives in the Orlando shootings overnight Sunday. The list of confirmed names will be updated below.
- Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 (Sarasota, Fla.)
- Stanley Almodovar III, 23 (Clermont, Fla.)
- Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
- Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
- Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
- Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
- Luis S. Vielma, 22
- Kimberly Morris, 37
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LOVED ONES WAIT FOR ANSWERS
Hundreds of family and friends of the victims were waiting outside of Orlando Regional Medical Center to hear whether or not their loved ones survived.
Jose Honorato is searching for his brother, Miguel. Jose said he hasn't heard from his brother since the shooting occurred.
"I feel worthless... I can't do anything because I don't know if he is okay," said Honorato.
Hospital officials set up a crisis center at a hotel down the road from the emergency room. Friends and family members were instructed to leave their contact information, and workers said they would contact them when they knew more.
"I'm still missing three friends. I have two friends who were inside that were injured," said Janiel Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was inside the club when the shots rang out. He believes the shooting lasted for around eight minutes.
"It was rapid fire and then he would change, put in more ammunition. I could just smell that ammo in the air, and I said, 'This isn't fireworks we need to leave,'" said Gonzalez.
Orlando officials hope to release several more names by the end of Sunday night.