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Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, remembered

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A photo of Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo featured on the Gofundme page.

"Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, known to friends and family as Omar, was killed in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. According to his social media profiles, he was a dancer and a barista for Starbucks.

"A former teacher remembered Ocasio-Capo as 'a ray of sunshine every day.' A co-worker wrote, 'He lit up any area he worked in, especially Starbucks,'" reads the Legacy.com obituary.

Early in the morning June 12 at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo was dancing with friends during the club's popular Latin Night. Armed with a Sig Sauer MCX rifle and a Glock 17 9mm, a gunman opened fire, killing 49 people as of this writing and injured 53 more before police shot and killed him. The FBI is investigating the massacre as an act of terrorism.

Friends commented on his obituary with memories of the La Vergne High School graduate and messages of mourning.

"Omar, you will be loved and missed. Your way of being was so amazing, I loved having you around me. You had such a great vibe with everybody. I'm still touched I really can't believe you're gone. My prayers to you and your family. Gosh I really can't believe you're gone. I will truly miss YOU. May you rest in Paradise Love," posted Ashley Zamora of La Vergne.

"Words cannot express how I am feeling. Your loss is very, very heartbreaking. You were my daughter's BFF and you are going to be greatly missed by her and all of us. The youth are taking it very hard as well. This is one birthday Lymaris will never forget. RIP my dear son. May God take care of yours and you be watching over us. Love you so much! You'll forever be in our hearts. Moma liz..." wrote Sandra Diaz of Kissimmee, Fla.

Many who knew Ocasio-Capo congregated at La Vergne High School June 13, one day after his death, for a vigil. Mayor Dennis Waldron released the following statement that day:

"We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo of La Vergne. Our hearts mourn with the families of all the victims as well as the community of Orlando. La

Vergne U.S. flags are being flown at half staff until sunset on June 16th in memory of the victims."

Ocasio-Capo's funeral took place Thursday, June 16 at Funeraria San Juan in Kissimmee, Florida, according to reports.

A Gofundme page created by Daniel Suarez-Ortiz to help cover funeral costs has raised more than its goal of $10,000 since its creation June 12. Contributors left messages of sympathy to friends and family.

"I am so heartbroken over this, my son is gay and it hurts me to see what he has to deal with by just being himself. God Bless. I wish I could do more," said Shelly Gallegos.

"May actions springing from love and peace be of some comfort during this tragic time," wrote Kyle Southern.

Online comments are lightly edited for spelling and punctuation.

Staff Writer Cat Murphy may be reached at cmurphy@mainstreetmediatn.com.

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