No Filipino hurt in Florida shooting -- DFA

MANILA (Updated)-- No Filipino has so far been reported injured in the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida that killed 50 people and injured dozens, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida shot 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando – the deadliest mass shooting in the US in recent history.

Read: Worst mass shooting in US history: 50 slain at gay nightclub

“According to our embassy in Washington D.C. our honorary consul in Orlando said that authorities there have not released any information including names of casualties, but our embassy continues to coordinate with Orlando authorities as well as with Filipinos there to gather more information,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said.

“But so far there are no reports of Filipinos among casualties in the Orlando shooting,” Jose added.

The Philippines he said is not inclined at the moment to issue a travel advisory, calling it a “random incident.”

“I’m sure our embassy in DC will issue an appropriate advisory to Filipinos in the area,” Jose said.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines who heads the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMIP) said Monday, they are praying for 'peace and conversion of the hearts of those who support evil doings."

Read: CBCP offers prayers to mass shooting victims in Orlando gay club


The City of Orlando has released names and ages of victims of the nightclub shooting whose next of kin have been contacted. The list will be periodically updated on www.cityoforlando.net/blog/victims/ as those who died are identified and families and loved ones notified. The city gave no additional information other than the names.

* Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34

* Stanley Almodovar III, 23

* Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20

* Juan Ramon Guerroro, 22

* Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36

* Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22

* Luis S. Vielma, 22

* Kimberly Morris, 37

* Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30

* Darryl Roman Burt II, 29

* Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32

* Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21

* Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25

* Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35

* Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50

* Amanda Alvear, 25

* Martin Benitez Torres, 33

* Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37

* Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26

* Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35

* Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25

* Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31

* Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26

(AP/PNA/Sunnex)


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