South African among Orlando shooting victims
Reports surfaced on Monday suggesting that a South African was amongst the 50 people killed in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early on Sunday morning.
Heavy.com said “Peter O. Gonzalez-Crus has been identified as one of the victims of the Orlando mass shooting” and added that his was “one of the first six deaths to be confirmed by the city of Orlando” in the USA’s worst mass shooting in history.
“He was from South Africa‚” the report claimed‚ adding that‚ “according to Gonzalez-Crus’s Facebook page‚ he was from Benoni‚ Gauteng‚ South Africa”.
“His page‚ which is now in ‘Memorial mode’‚ also says that he had formerly lived in Batam‚ Ouham‚ Central African Republic.”
Fifty-three people were wounded in the rampage. It was the deadliest single U.S. mass shooting incident, eclipsing the 2007 massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech university.
Police killed the shooter, who was identified as Omar S. Mateen, a Florida resident. A top U.S. congressman said Mateen may have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.
U.S. officials cautioned, however, that they had no immediate evidence of any direct connection with Islamic State or any other foreign extremist group.
Source: Times Live