May 25, 2022 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Orlando Vigils to be held tonight at Los Angeles City Hall, Venice Beach, WeHo

Still Standing: LA PRIDE 2016, Photo by Maer Roshan
Still Standing: LA PRIDE 2016, Photo by Maer Roshan

BY TROY MASTERS | Thousands of people are expected to gather at a candlelight vigil and rally in front of Los Angeles City Hall tonight beginning at 7 PM, honoring the 49 dead and dozens more who were wounded in the Sunday morning terror attack on The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Among those scheduled to speak at City Hall: Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean; Latino Equality Alliance Co-Founder & Advisory Board Chair Ari Gutiérrez Arámbula; Bienestar President & CEO Oscar De La O; and Maria Roman from Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT).

West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Mesiter will hold a candlelight vigil tonight to remember those lost to the violence in Orlando. The candlelight vigil will take place tonight, Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. in front of Micky’s West Hollywood, located at 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard.

In Venice Beach, organizers of Venice Pride are holding a rally at 8:30 PM on Windward Circle.


24 hours after a shooting rampage at the Orlando gay nightclub, a spokesman for the officials provided new information about the police interactions with the shooter.

Orlando’s Mayor, Buddy Dyer, said that all but one of the 49 victims had been identified and that  the grim task of removing the bodies occurred overnight Monday.  Families of 26 victims had been notified.

Orlando Police chief, John Mina, said police had three confrontations with the gunman during the rampage on Sunday morning.

At 2 AM an off-duty officer who was working as a security guard at the nightclub responded when shots rang out in the club.  The officer called for back and other officers arrived, engaging the shooter in a gun battle, Chief Mina said.  The shooter took several hostages and barricaded himself in a bathroom.

“At that time we were able to save and rescue dozens and dozens of people and get them out of the club,” Chief Mina said. A SWAT team was called and took up positions in a bathroom across from where the self-proclaimed agent of Isis was holed up and negotiators were eventually able to communicate with him.

FBI director James Comey said the shooter spoke three times with 911 dispatchers. The assailant made the initial call but hung up, dispatchers called him back and they talked briefly but he hung up, later a third call was made and he spoke more extensively.

Mina said officers involved on the scene described the shooter as “cool and calm,” and he indicated that he was going to begin  he was going to begin killing more people.

“Our negotiators were talking with him,” he said. “And there were no shots at that time but there was talk about bomb vests and explosives. There was an allegiance to the Islamic State.”

While negotiators were communicating with the shooter, police made the decision to attempt a rescue operation and were able to get survivors out of the building, he said.

“Dozens and dozens of people’s lives were saved,” Mina said. “We were able to get people out of the dance floor and out of the lounge area.”

At 5:05 a.m., Mina made the decision to take out an outside wall with an explosive charge. An armored vehicle then pierced a hole in the exterior wall of the bathroom and hostages were able to flee.

The shooter came out with two firearms – a .223 caliber AR type rifle and a 9mm semiautomatic pistol — started shooting at officers and they fired back. He was killed in the gunfight.

 

Authorities have also identified the following victims:

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
Frank Hernandez, 27
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Luis Daniel Conde, 39
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24

in NEWS
Related Posts

Venice Pride Festival and Parade Around the Corner

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Live music, DJ sets, Sunday parade and more come to Venice Beach Recreation Center June 4 & 5  By Staff...

Trans Fans Praise Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Auntie Diaries’ Track

May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

By Susan Payne “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” by Kendrick Lamar wrestles big issues, but his track “Auntie Diaries”...

LGBTQ Center Long Beach to Host Final Do Say Gay Workshop Friday

May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

By Susan Payne Join LGBTQ Center Long Beach this Friday for its final Do Say Gay art workshop that explores...

California Trans Child Molester Faces New Kern County Murder Charge

May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

By Susan Payne After authorities recently charged Hannah Tubbs in connection to a 2019 robbery, the convicted 26-year-old trans child...

Happening Now: West Hollywood’s LGBTQ+ Arts Festival

May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

By Susan Payne Happening now through the end of June, WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival celebrates the artistic contributions of...

Alcohol a Factor in Griffith Park fatal Hit and Run of Senior Gay Cyclist

May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022

77-year-old Andrew Jelmert killed in April 23 hit and run training for AIDS/Lifecycle By Susan Payne The Los Angeles Police...

Kaiser Permanente Hospitals Receive LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader Designation

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

Kaiser Permanente’s 15 hospitals recognized by Humans Rights Campaign  By Susan Payne This year, Kaiser Permanente’s 15 hospitals in southern...

‘Match the Stars’ During MisMatch Game Performance Benefitting the LGBT Center

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

By Susan Payne An unstoppable comedy phenomenon is set to reach a $200,000 goal in money raised for the Los...

Confidential Settlement Made With Many LGBTQ Students at USC Over Alleged Doctor Misconduct

May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

More than 80 former patients accuse Dr. Dennis Kel of sexual battery, harassment and inappropriate remarks By Susan Payne In...

Audio Meets Reality in ‘Being Trans’ Podcast Series Showcasing the Lives of Four Transgender Individuals of the LA Area

May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

Through narrative-style storytelling, BEING Studios gives listeners an intimate, first-person access into the worlds of people they may not otherwise...

Orange County Man Faces Federal Charge on Suspicion of Making Anti-LGBT Threats Against Merriam-Webster

April 29, 2022

April 29, 2022

Jeremy Hanson of Rossmore charged in connection to October threats  By Susan Payne  An Orange County man faces a federal...

Palm Springs Approves Universal Income Pilot Program for Transgender, Nonbinary Residents

April 29, 2022

April 29, 2022

Payments to start in 2023 By Susan Payne A guaranteed income pilot program that would provide transgender and nonbinary residents...

Nobel Laureate and Education Activist Malala Yousafzai to Speak in Beverly Hills

April 28, 2022

April 28, 2022

May 15, 2022 at Saban Theatre Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel recipient and activist for education and equality is coming...

Compton Man Arrested for Allegedly Targeting, Robbing 20+ Gay Men He Met on Grindr

April 24, 2022

April 24, 2022

By Susan Payne Authorities have announced the arrest of a Compton man who allegedly targeted and robbed more than 20...