Wands Were Raised At Universal Orlando Resorts In Memory Of Pulse Shooting Victim Luis Vielma

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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.

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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.

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Pastor Who Delivered Homophobic Sermon After Orlando Shootings Isn’t Backing Down

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Pastor Who Delivered Homophobic Sermon After Orlando Shootings Isn’t Backing Down

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Adding insult to horrific injury, California Baptist Pastor Roger Jimenez praised the Orlando nightclub shooting in a sermon Sunday morning, just hours after the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. He spewed that they deserved their fate because of their orientation, delivering a sermon that would have been more at home at a supremacist meeting than a church. He unapologetically preached extreme religious views saying things like, “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die.”

Pastor Jimenez received a lot of flak for his insensitive comments, but he has no regrets.

“As far as the Bible is concerned, they crossed a line. The sin they performed is worthy of death,” said the Sacramento pastor, according to CBS. “I realize our society doesn’t take that, but that’s what the Bible says. If someone does something that’s worthy of death, and they end up dying, I’m not going to mourn them.” And we thought this was 2016.

“Absolutely, I think they are safer now because of these deaths, and the reason I think that is because I believe all of these homosexuals are pedophiles,” Hmmm…you’d think priests of all people would want to stay out of the “you’re all pedophiles” game.

Fortunately, Baptists and people from all faiths have come out against this sermon, understanding that hateful views are what got us into this mess in the first place. Overall there has been an outpouring of support from the Florida community.

Learn more about this interview here.

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