J.K. Rowling Mourns Orlando Victim with Harry Potter Connection
Luis Vielma was one of 50 people who was killed Saturday night inside Pure nightclub.
Along with numerous other patrons, Vielma was enjoying an evening out when Omar Mateen used an assault rifle to gun down as many gay customers as he could.
It was the largest shooting massacre in U.S. history.
Because Vielma worked at Universal Studios’ Harry Potter World, his death was acknowledged by author J.K Rowling in the aftermath of this despicable tragedy.
“Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal,” the Harry Potter scribe wrote on Twitter. “He was 22 years old. I can’t stop crying.”
As you can see below, Rowling include with her message a photo of Vielma in his work attire:
Rowling also shares memories from Vielma’s friends, loved ones and those who met him at Universal Studios.
“@jk_rowling Trust me, you would have loved him. He was the guy in the breakroom you liked four seconds after walking in,” one user wrote, while another added:
“@jk_rowling @JMuniz822 had the pleasure of meeting him last week on my holidays, he was SO nice to my son, such a lovely guy.”
Reaction continues to pour in from the Orlando shooting.
From what we’ve gathered so far, it appears as if Mateen acted alone.
His father claims his son was spurred on to horrible action by the sight of two gay men kissing a couple months ago.
Mateen, a U.S. citizen born in New York, called 911 at one point during his attack and bragged about all the American lives he was taking.
He also aligned himself with ISIS, the terrorist organization that later took credit for the attack.
We can also confirm that Mateen’s ex-wife says he abused her during their marriage and that Mateen had been interviewed on two separate occasions by the FBI because they suspected he had links to terrorist activities.
Nevertheless, he was able to purchase multiple firearms legally.
Shortly after Rowling paid tribute to Vielma, meanwhile, Universal Studios Orlando released a statement regarding his death.
It reads as follows:
“We are deeply saddened over the loss of our team member. We are working to support his friends and colleagues here at Universal Orlando.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Luis, his family, and all the victims of this tragedy.”