This week, our hearts have been heavy as news continues to break with details about the tragedy that happened in Orlando over the weekend.
12 of the lives taken were 24 years old and younger, the age of many youth our member organizations work with:
- Stanley Almodovar III, 23
- Jonathan Camuy, 24
- Omar Capo, 20
- Cory James Connell, 21
- Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
- Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
- Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
- Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
- Akyra Murray, 18
- Christopher Sanfeliz, 24
- Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
- Luis Vielma, 22
As we learn and remember their names and stories, along with all of the individuals who were lost that night, the entire DCAYA community is sending our thoughts and our prayers, for all of those who died, to those who were injured, and to their families and friends.
We are allies as well as LGBT individuals. And as a community, as we hold Orlando in our hearts, now more than ever we will continue working toward a city where every youth, regardless of economic opportunity, nationality, disability, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, has access to and can receive the supports and services they need not just to survive, but to thrive.
With love and Pride,
Your DCAYA Family