ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When the names of the victims in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history are read aloud at memorials around the world, the surnames stand out.
Most of the 49 people shot and killed were Hispanic, and the tragedy has left Florida’s Latino community heartbroken over the loss of young lives. Many were also gay.
“As a Hispanic, we already have that fear we don’t belong,” said Thirty-four-year-old Nicole Neko-Montalvo of Orlando says Hispanics already live with a fear that they don’t belong. She says she and others in the LGBT community have that same fear, adding: “To be targeted twofold is overwhelming.”
Many have hope that the shooting will make everyone — gay, straight, white, black, Hispanic — come together, be more tolerant.