JK Rowling Sends Flowers to Orlando Victim’s Funeral

“You will never be forgotten,” an accompanying note from the “Harry Potter” scribe reads

Last Updated: June 18, 2016 @ 5:59 PM

J.K. Rowling sent flowers and handwritten notes to the funeral of one of the victims of the Orlando massacre.

Luis Vielma was one of 49 people killed in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub on Sunday. The 22-year-old worked on the “Harry Potter” ride at Universal Orlando.

The author tweeted that she “can’t stop crying” after learning of Vielma’s death on Sunday. In the days following, she also retweeted tributes from Vielma’s friends.

On Friday, Rowling sent a wreath of red flowers and personally penned notes to the church where Vielma’s funeral was held.

The notes read: “To Luis, who died for love, you will never be forgotten. J.K. Rowling.”

She’s not the only celebrity to share condolences as victims are laid to rest.

On Friday, Taylor Swift posted a card on Instagram with all 49 victims’ names written out by hand.

The accompanying message read: “As you bury your loved ones this week, please know that there are millions of us sending you love and our deepest sympathy in the face of this unthinkable and devastating tragedy.”

The singer’s post has received over 1 million likes.

Sadly, the victims funerals have not gone on without incident. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church pledged to protest the funerals, but were met by counter-protesters. The Orlando Police Department tweeted Saturday afternoon that the protesters have left the state with no plans on returning.

The funeral for another victim — 35-year-old Jean Carlos Mendez Perez — was disrupted when a woman drove her car into his funeral procession. Two Orlando deputies were injured in the collision, which is still under investigation.


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