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J.K. Rowling Sends Emotional Tweet About Orlando Shooting Victim

Friends say that Luis Vielma was a Gryffindor.

J.K. Rowling sent a heartfelt tweet early Monday morning regarding a victim of the Orlando mass shooting

The post was about Luis Vielma, 22, who happened to be an employee at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Orlando, Florida, Universal Studios theme park. Vielma was one of 50 people who tragically lost their lives at Pulse nightclub on June 12.

Rowling, known for writing the Harry Potter book series, is an avid Twitter user. After expressing her own grief on the platform, she took the time to respond and empathize with others who had also known Vielma. 

Co-workers of Vielma, past and present, as well as those who had met him, also rallied to respond to Rowling's show of appreciation. 

One of his co-workers tweeted at Rowling that another colleague of theirs who worked on the ride, Tony, is still in critical condition following the horrific shooting.

Rowling responded a mere 13 minutes later with her condolences.

Vielma worked on The Forbidden Journey ride in the theme park. The ride was closed on Sunday out of respect to Vielma and his family, as reported by Newsweek.

“We are deeply saddened over the loss of our team member. We are working to support his friends and colleagues here at Universal Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with Luis, his family, and all the victims of this tragedy," said a spokesperson for the theme park.

Here's to you, Luis, Tony, and all the other victims.

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