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Tributes Paid To Hero Who Died Protecting Mother-Of-Two In Orlando Shooting

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Tributes Paid To Hero Who Died Protecting Mother-Of-Two In Orlando Shooting

Picture Caption: Hero Jonathan Camuy (left) protected Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan (right), said William Sabad Borges (middle)

Tributes are being paid to a 24-year-old victim of the Orlando nightclub shooting, who is reported to have died protecting a mother-of-two.

The body of Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega was found shielding the body of 24-year-old mother Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, a survivor of the homophobic terror attack has said.

Sadly, both Yilmary and Jonathan were among the 49 people killed in the shooting at 'Pulse', a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday morning.

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In a tribute posted on Facebook, Yilmary's brother-in-law William Sabad Borges, who was injured during the shooting, said: "My friend Jonathan A. Camuy you died like a hero.

"People, Jonathan's body was found protecting my sister-in-law. I love you from here to the sky, where [you] are resting."

William, 28, was one of over 50 people injured during the massacre, being shot twice and suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

Reflecting on the tragedy, William also wrote: "Thank you all for your prayers but with the pain deeper than I've felt in my 28 years, with the heart shattered and with the anger that I never thought I'd feel."

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William also posted a photo of himself, Yilmary and Jonathan together at the club.

Hero Jonathan Camuy, would have turned 25 later this month. His former employer, Puerto Rican TV network Telemundo, paid tribute to him, saying in a statement: "Jonathan was an extremely hard-working individual, full of life, enthusiastic and with a great personality. He will be missed dearly."

Jonathan was an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, which called the shooting 'a senseless, horrible act'.

The organisation's president, Mekahlo Medina, wrote in a statement: "The NAHJ familia is heartbroken and offers our condolences to Jonathan's family in Florida and Puerto Rico.

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"We also have Jonathan's work family at Telemundo in our thoughts and prayers."

Too many good people taken, in an act of senseless, homophobic violence.

Our thoughts are with all those mourning their loves ones. RIP.

Words by James Dawson

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Featured image credit: Facebook

Topics: Homophobia, hero, terrorism, Orlando

James Dawson
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