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Luis Vielma got the most magical send off.
Luis Vielma, 22, was one of the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. More than that, he was one of the people that made Harry Potter fans smile when they visited the Forbidden Journey ride at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resorts. On June 14, co-workers, guests and Universal Orlando Resorts employees gave Vielma a memorial send off fit for a true wizard. Just like what happens in the stories of Harry Potter, wands were raised near the Hogwarts castle as saddened friends remembered the young man that made countless Harry Potter fans so grateful. Since the the news broke of Vielma’s death on June 12, Harry Potter fans and those who worked on the stories have offered an outpour of condolences.
“Tonight we remember a team member, a brother, a son, a friend,” one woman told the crowd. “Tonight we remember someone that created a type of magic that we can never replace.”
Vielma, known as Luisito to his closest friends, was a student at Seminole State College to become an emergency medical technician. But on the day of the memorial at the amusement park, Vielma was remembered not as gay, Latino or even a student. Instead, he was revered as “one of the bravest and best Gryffindors the world has ever known.” After the raising of the wands, mourners gathered in a circle with wands laid in a circle and remembered their fallen comrade.
The very day that Vielma’s name was released as a victim, author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter in grief.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2016
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As Albus Dumbledore said, “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”
You are very missed, Luis. R.I.P. young Gryffindor.