Rowling Mourns Orlando Victim Who Worked at Harry Potter Ride

'I can't stop crying,' she writes of Luis Vielma
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:46 AM CDT
In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, British author JK Rowling poses for photographers at the Southbank Centre in London.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

(Newser) Harry Potter author JK Rowling is mourning one particular victim of the Orlando massacre: "Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years old. I can't stop crying. #Orlando," Rowling tweeted early Monday, along with a picture of Vielma. "Thank You for this," came one response. "Luis Vielma loved every bit of working at the harry potter ride. He brought smiles to every one he met."

Indeed he did: Some of those people also weighed in, with one tweeting, "had the pleasure of meeting him last week on my holidays, he was SO nice to my son, such a lovely guy." Another added, "I remember him from my last trip. So lovely. I bet there are many of us all over the world crying for him today." She was apparently right, as many more who remembered him from the Harry Potter ride replied to Rowling's tweet with mournful statements of their own. "I worked with Luis," reads one more tweet. "He was a gryffindor who would make you proud." The tweet adds, "We have a slytherin who's still in the icu." The Orlando Sentinel has a profile of Vielma, who was studying to become an EMT. (Read more Pulse Orlando shooting stories.)

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