Tale of 2 Clevelanders in Orlando: 1 killed, 1 survived

Tale of 2 Clevelanders in Orlando: 1 killed, 1 survived
Omar Capo killed in attack. (Source: Gofundme.com)
Omar Capo killed in attack. (Source: Gofundme.com)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Two Clevelanders were in the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Sunday morning when shots rang out; one was killed and another survived.

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, was identified Monday as one of 49 killed in the shooting at the gay club.

Luis Omar grew up in Cleveland and his family members still live here. His sister, Belinnette Diaz, told Cleveland 19 reporter Lydia Esparra, "Omar was a baby."

Diaz lives in Cleveland. She and her family moved here from Ponce, Puerto Rico, in 2003.

In 2013, Luis Omar moved to Orlando with their mother.

Police delivered the heartbreaking news -- Luis Omar had been shot and killed. It was news his sister was not expecting, "I honestly feel like someone literally ripped a piece of my heart out. This is how I feel how everybody feels," she added. "Our hearts are completely broken. He was our baby brother. Since his [Luis Omar] death, people from around the country and world have been reaching out to our family."

The 20-year-old went to the Pulse Nightclub with a friend Kalisha, who is also from Cleveland. Her father owns a barber shop on the westside. He flew to be with his daughter, who survived the attack. Both were inside when the bullets were fired.

Luis Omar worked at the Target in Kissimmee where he made coffee at the Starbucks inside the store. They released a statement that they have been in contact with the family.

Belinnette says her brother's coworkers have been amazing.

"They surprised us and came in with the boxes of water and sandwiches and cookies, fruit and cheese so our family could be comfortable," said Diaz.

His family said Omar was so kind, gentle and loved by so many people.

He was going to college and was living in Orlando. But he did attend school in Tennessee for a short time. The 20-year-old also attended Lincoln West on Cleveland's westside.

Belinnette said her brother was looking toward the future. Luis Omar loved to dance and wanted to make something of his life.

"My brother wanted to be in the theater, he loved the attention. He wanted to go to Hollywood, he wanted to make it big. He's known like he wanted to be  not the way we wanted it to be," she said.

A GoFundMe account was set up for funeral expenses for his family. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

Fifty-three others were injured early Sunday morning. After three hours, police stormed the club where the gunman, Omar Mateen, was holding hostages in a restroom. Last of the bodies were removed from the club Monday morning.

Officials are releasing names of those killed after they are able to notify next-of-kin.

  • Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
  • Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
  • Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
  • Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
  • Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
  • Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
  • Cory James Connell, 21 years old
  • Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
  • Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
  • Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
  • Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
  • Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
  • Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
  • Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
  • Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
  • Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
  • Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
  • Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
  • Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
  • Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
  • Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
  • Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
  • Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
  • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
  • Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
  • Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
  • Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
  • Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
  • Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
  • Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
  • Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
  • Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
  • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
  • Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
  • Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
  • Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

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