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Before they were victims, the 49 were mothers, fathers, recent graduates, veterans, breast cancer survivors, dreamers, artists and so much more. Click on the images below to read their stories.
Stanley Almodovar III: A hero to those who knew him
Amanda Alvear: 'She loved everyone'
Oscar Aracena-Montero: Radiant personality, loving son
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala: ‘Passionate about saving lives' at OneBlood
Antonio Brown: Decorated US Army reservist ‘loved everybody'
Darryl DJ Burt II: Big ambitions, bigger heart
Jonathan Camuy Vega: Telemundo producer fulfilled his dreams
Angel Candelario-Padro: 'Was always full of life'
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez: A friend unlike any other
Juan Chavez-Martinez: Left his mark with everything he did
Luis Conde: Stylist ‘full of joy and life'
Cory James Connell: Big brother, Orlando native
Tevin Crosby: Entrepreneur always there with advice, a helping hand
Franky Dejesus Velazquez: Always happy, outgoing
Deonka 'Dee Dee' Drayton: 'A heart like hers' was rare
Leroy Fernandez: 'Diva' who could light up a room
Mercedez Marisol Flores: Made the most of life
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz: A bright smile, a kind person
Juan Ramon Guerrero: UCF student loved dancing
Paul Terrell Henry: Loving father, inspiring person
Frankie Hernandez Escalante: 'A rock to his friends and family'
Miguel Angel Honorato: Husband, father of 3 sons
Javier Jorge-Reyes: Remembered for smile, sass
Jason Benjamin Josaphat: Protective big brother, dreamed of traveling the world
Eddie Justice: Accountant with a heart of gold
Anthony Laureano Disla: Talented dancer, choreographer
Christopher Andrew Leinonen: Friends, family started The Dru Project in his name
Alejandro Martinez: Outgoing Cuban native
Brenda Lee Marquez-McCool: ‘Beautiful person,' mother, cancer survivor
Kimberly Morris: ‘Larger than life' performer, advocate, athlete
Akyra Monet Murray: Adored young ‘leader,' basketball star
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo: ‘A ray of sunshine every day'
Eric Ortiz-Rivera: ‘A beautiful man'
Geraldo Ortiz-Jimenez: Law student loved hitting the gym
Joel Paniagua: Loyal friend
Jean Carlos Perez: Loving partner, best salesperson around
Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez: ‘Always put others first'
Enrique L. Rios Jr.: Passionate New Yorker studying social work
Yilmary Rodriguez-Solivan: 'Her smile lit up the room'
Christopher Sanfeliz: A 'diamond' to friends, family
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado: Performer, proud father
Gilberto Silva-Menéndez: Loved dancing, St. Bernards
Edward Sotomayor Jr.: A travel agent known for top hats, celebrating life
Shane Evan Tomlinson: Beloved singer 'did everything in excellence'
Martin Benitez Torres: Hardworking student, loving brother, son
Juan Velazquez: Stylist always made an entrance
Luis S. Vielma: ‘A true friend,' student at Seminole State
Luis Wilson-Leon: Faithful, kind, hardworking
Jerald Wright: Loved 'magical moments' in life