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First Orlando Nightclub Shooting Victims Named

ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) —The City of Orlando has released names of victims of the nightclub shooting whose next of kin have been contacted.

The list will be periodically updated as those who died are identified and families and loved ones notified.

"The below list of individuals includes victims who have lost their lives during the early morning incident, and next of kin have been contacted. As we continue to reach out to the families of victims, we will continue to update this post," the city posted to its website.

A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday, killing at least 50 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

As of Sunday afternoon, the names of the lives taken were slowly surfacing:

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Stanley Almodovar III
Stanley Almodovar III, was a 23-year-old pharmacy technician. His mother told the Orlando Sentinel that he posted a Snapchat video of himself singing and laughing on his way to Pulse nightclub before the shooting. (credit: Facebook)
Luis S. Vielma
Luis S. Vielma, 22, worked on the Harry Potter ride in Universal. Series author J.K. Rowling tweeted, "I can't stop crying" after hearing the news. (credit: Facebook)
Kimberly Morris
Kimberly Morris, 37, moved to Orlando a few months and had taken a job as a bouncer at Pulse. (credit: Facebook)
Juan Ramon Guerrero
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, worked as a telemarketer and recently started attending college at the University of Central Florida. (credit: Facebook)
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old.

The stories of the some of the victims have been reported as families and friends mourn the loss.

Sotomayor was a caring, energetic man known for wearing a silly top hat on cruises, said David Sotomayor, who identified himself as the victim's cousin.

David Sotomayor, who lives in Chicago, told The Associated Press Sunday that Edward worked for a company that held gay cruises and often traveled to promote the company's events.

"He was just always part of the fun," David Sotomayor said.

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The two discovered they were related after meeting at Orlando's annual Gay Days festival around a decade ago. They texted regularly and kept in touch, last seeing each other earlier this year at a filming of the television reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race," David Sotomayor said.

David Sotomayor is a drag queen who appeared on a season of the show using the name "Jade." He said Edward Sotomayor supported him and often sent him Facebook messages. They last exchanged messages late last week.

"You never think that's going to be the last time you speak to him," David Sotomayor said. "It's just heartbreaking to know it just can happen anytime."

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