Anderson Cooper Weeps Through Orlando Shooting Victims Tribute (Video)

“They are more than a list of names, they are people who loved, and were loved, people with families and friends and dreams,” CNN anchor says

Last Updated: June 14, 2016 @ 10:17 AM

Anderson Cooper wept through a CNN broadcast about the victims of the Orlando shooting.

“They are more than a list of names, they are people who loved, and were loved, people with families and friends and dreams,” Cooper said on Monday. “The truth is, we don’t know much about some of them, we want you to hear their names and a little bit about who they were.”

Victims ranged from ages 19 to 50 — some were dancers, others were pharmacy technicians. During the broadcast, Cooper read through the entire list of names of the victims, including their ages, with a piece of information CNN had obtained.

During the seven-minute segment, Cooper choked up and cleared his throat, sometimes needing to take a pause during the emotional tribute.

Among the victims was Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30, who sent texts to his mother while he was hiding from the shooter in the bathroom. One of his last texts read, “Mommy I love you.”

Among the victims were Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, a travel agent that catered to the gay community; Juan Ramon Guerro, who came out to his family just last year; and Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, who worked at the UPS store and memorized all the names of his regular costumers.

Florida man Omar Mateen carried out the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at a nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S.-born citizen of Afghani descent, was killed by police during a shootout after he stormed gay nightclub Pulse around 2 a.m. ET Sunday.

The shooter, who was described as “mentally ill” by his ex-wife, called 911 during the attacks and reportedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS. Amaq Agency, a news outlet associated with the so-called Islamic State, reported that the terror group claimed responsibility for the violence, which would mark the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

At least 49 people were killed, and 53 were injured.

These are all of the victims who have been identified so far:

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34

Stanley Almodovar III, 23

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20,

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22

Eric Ivan Oritz-Rivera, 36

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22

Luis S. Vielma, 22

Kimberly Morris, 37

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28

Frank Hernandez, 27

Paul Terrell Henry, 41

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50

Amanda Alvear, 25

Martin Benitez Torres, 33

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49

Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19

Cory James Connell, 21

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37

Luis Daniel Conde, 39

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 25

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33

Antonio Davon Brown, 29

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26

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