Melanie has put together one of the most emotionally wrenching responses to the horror in Orlando. There is something uniquely moving about seeing the faces of those no longer with us because of hate.
Here are 36 names and faces of the 50 people brutally slaughtered by a rabid homophobe, Jihadist ISIS supporter, who may have had mental issues, who had easy access to an assault weapon, a gun he did not need, except to use to massacre these LGBT Americans and members of America’s Hispanic immigrant community. We are clear who the cowards are and who the heroes are. These beautiful souls did not die without cause.
They died for equality, they died for immigration reform, they died for gun control, they died for democracy, they died for our freedom – they died for America, and they died for LGBT America.
These beautiful souls will forever be LGBT heroes; may they rest in peace and may their memories always be a blessing:
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
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