Luis Vielma, 22, an attraction operator at Universal Orlando, was among those killed at Pulse nightclub
J.K. Rowling has paid tribute to one of the victims of the Orlando mass shooting who worked at a Harry Potter theme park ride.
“Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal,” she tweeted with a photo of Vielma. “He was 22 years old. I can’t stop crying.”
Vielma was among 50 club-goers who were killed after a gunman attacked gay nightclub Pulse in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the 22-year-old operated the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal Orlando.
Rowling went on to retweet recollections of Vielma from those who remembered meeting him at Universal.
“Trust me, you would have loved him. He was the guy in the breakroom you liked four seconds after walking in,” wrote one Twitter user in response.
Bill Davis, president and chief operating officer of Universal Orlando, said in a statement via social media that “we are deeply saddened over the loss of our Team Member. We are working to support his friends and colleagues here at Universal Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with Luis, his family, and all the victims of this tragedy.”
Following the news of the shooting, dozens of musicians including Elton John, Laura Jane Grace and Pharrell Williams expressed their horror at the events on social media and offered messages of support to family and friends of the victims.