J.K. Rowling Pays Tribute To 22-Year-Old Victim Of Orlando Shooting With Emotional Tweet

His co-workers described him as "a true Gryffindor."

The past few days have been difficult for Americans as they grapple with the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history. Armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a handgun, a gunman attacked a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing at least 49 people and injuring 53 more. In the all-too-familiar wake of this mass shooting, there has been outpouring of grief and support for the victims, their families, and the LGBT community as a whole.

As the state government continues to notify families of the victims, the city of Orlando released their names on its website. 


Among the victims is 22-year-old Luis Vielma.

Vielma was an employee at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal, operating the "Forbidden Journey" ride. He also studied at Seminole State College of Florida, according to BuzzFeed.

News of Vielma's death reached Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who tweeted a tribute to the young man.

"Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years old," Rowling tweeted. "I can't stop crying."

She also responded to Vielma's co-workers and friends who thanked Rowling for her tweet and shared stories about him.

When one of Vielma's co-workers told Rowling that another colleague was in the ICU following the shooting, she also expressed her support.

Rowling's tweet was just one of many honoring the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting. In the day following the shooting, social media has provided space for people to honor those that we lost, and to come together in our hope to build a better, safer future in their names.

As Rowling once wrote, it is our choices that matter in the face of interminable odds. And it seems that, facing an uphill battle to pass any measures at all to address the recent spate of mass shootings, President Barack Obama would agree.


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