ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - As some of the names of the victims in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history became public Monday, the surnames of Guerrero, Perez and Fernandez, among others, leapt off the long, grim list.
The many Hispanic victims left Orlando's Hispanic and LGBT community, along with the nation, grieving over the loss of so many young Latino lives.
An official told the Associated Press that 23 of the 49 victims killed in the massacre at a gay Florida nightclub shooting are Puerto Ricans. Puerto Rico's justice secretary, Cesar Miranda, hasn't specified how many were born in the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rican parents and how many had moved there from the island.
He issued a statement decrying "all the social problems that led to this massacre: intolerance about gender preferences , discrimination against Latin Americans in the United States and broad access to weapons in that country."
On Monday, Mexico's president said three people killed were citizens of his country.
The tragedy hit the gay and Hispanic communities especially hard. Sunday was Latino Night at the Pulse nightclub.