Orlando Shooting Victim Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo Was From Cleveland

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, was killed in this weekend's mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando. He was one of the first named victims of the attack.

He was originally from Cleveland, and his mother still lives here.

Ocasio-Capo was a dancer. According to the Daily Beast, a former teacher remembered him as “a ray of sunshine every day.”

Fusion spoke to Leonarda Flores, Ocasio-Capo's cousin, who said of the victim, “He did not care, he loved himself, and he loved others. He was very open, he lived who he was. He knew he was beautiful, he knew it, and he flaunted it.”

It's also reported that Ocasio-Capo used the French flag filter on his Facebook profile photo following the terror attacks in Paris.

A former co-worker of Ocasio-Capo's, Claudia Mason, who worked with the victim at Target, said, "He lit up any area he worked in ... So sad that his life was cut so short by such an evil person."

Funds are being raised now to help his family pay for his funeral.

Follow our sister paper, Orlando Weekly, for continuous updates on the aftermath of this tragedy. 

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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