Heartbreaking

J.K. Rowling overwhelmed by death of “Harry Potter” fan in Orlando massacre

Luis Vielma, 22, wearing a Hogwarts School uniform. Vielma was a big "Harry Potter" fan and was killed during a terror attack in Orlando.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling mourned the death of a young victim who died in in the shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend. Luis Vielma worked at Universal Studios theme park in Orlando on the Harry Potter ride, and when news of his untimely death reached the famous author, Rowling was so moved by emotion she posted a photo of Vielma wearing a Hogwarts uniform on Twitter, saying “I can’t stop crying.” The post has been retweeted more than 33,000 times and has amassed more than 70,000 likes.

Vielma attended Pulse, the club where a gunman killed 49 others in addition to himself and injured 53 more, because the venue was hosting a Latino night. He wanted to take a friend, Laura, who was visiting from Miami.

Vielma’s father spoke to The Telegraph and recounted the final conversation he had with his son. “I said to him, hey, why don’t you bring her over for dinner and I’ll cook us all some Mexican food. But he said they were going to head downtown. He texted me at 8:32 p.m. and said, ‘I love you.’” That was the last he’d ever hear from his son. Laura, a close family friend, remains in the hospital fighting for her life after being wounded in the shooting.

Vielma’s father didn’t know the two had gone to Pulse. Around 9 a.m. on Sunday morning he learned the tragic news that his son was killed in the terror attack. “My son loved Harry Potter and loved to dance,” he said. Vielma had just gotten a promotion at Universal.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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