Now, this is moving. Universal Orlando team members and guests gathered together to honor the life of Luis Vielma, a victim of the Orlando shooting tragedy who worked at the Harry Potter park, and the video is just beautiful.
In the wake of the Pulse Nightclub atrocity, which touches every corner of the world, people have gathered to pay their respects to the victims. Luis Vielma, a Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey team member who was killed in the attack, was honored by other park employees on June 13. You can watch the touching video right here.
As you can see in the video, Universal team members raise their wands in solidarity as one employee speaks about the terrible loss. “We are standing here tonight in front of Hogwarts Castle, raising our wands to honor one of our fallen. Tonight we raise our wands to one of the bravest and best Gryffindors the world has ever known,” the staffer says. “Tonight, we raise our wands to Luis, he was kind and he was brave, and he was one of the kindest souls you will ever meet in your life. Every person he touched and every guest he came across, he created a kind of magic for them that can never be recreated in this world.” So sad.
After learning about Luis, J.K. Rowling herself shared an emotional tweet about the loss to the Harry Potter community. “Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years old. I can’t stop crying. #Orlando,” she tweeted on June 13. “I’m so, so sorry. My heart goes out to you, all his friends and his poor family,” she also told one of his coworkers. You can watch the full video of the vigil, held at the park, above.
— Wanjiru Njendu (@wanjirunjendu) June 14, 2016
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