J.K. Rowling Tweets About Orlando Victim Who Worked at Harry Potter World: 'I Can't Stop Crying'
By Rachel McRady
Names of the victims from Sunday’s horrific Orlando nightclub shooting have started to be released, putting faces to the tragic losses. On Sunday night, famed Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to remember one such life.
“Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years old. I can’t stop crying. #Orlando,” Rowling tweeted, along with a photo of Luis wearing his employee uniform, which featured a Gryffindor tie, and flashing a thumbs up.
Luis is one of 50 victims from the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. In addition to the lives lost, 53 people are still injured as a result of a gunman opening fire at the known gay bar. The shooting happened while some cities around the country were hosting LGBT Pride celebrations and just a day before the Tony Awards, which dedicated their show on Sunday night to the Pulse victims.
Several theater stars spoke with ET at the show about their reaction to the painful news.
“It feels more important than ever to celebrate new music,” Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda told ET. “If art is what fights tragedy, if art is what fights the void, if art is what helps us make sense of violence and random acts of cowardice and killing, then tonight’s important.”