People the world over are finding ways to cope with the attack on Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning. Among those killed was 22-year-old Luis Vielma, an employee at Universal Florida’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2016
A special vigil was held for Vielma, described as “a Gryffindor who would make you proud,” Monday at the Potter amusement park, where a coworker lead team members and visitors in remembering one of their own.
“We are standing here tonight in front of Hogwarts castle, raising our wands to one of our fallen,” she said.
“Tonight we raise our wands to one of the bravest and best Gryffindors the world has ever known. Tonight we raise our wands to Luis Vielma. He was kind, and he was brave, and he was one of the kindest souls you will ever meet in your life.”
“Tonight we remember a team member, a brother, a son, a friend,” she added. “We remember someone that created a type of magic that we can never replace.”
Attendees then raised their wands and candles toward Hogwarts in a touching tribute to Vielma and the 48 other victims.
“He was a great wizard,” another Wizarding World staffer said of Vielma. “He’s up there right now, looking down on us.”
Watch the whole ceremony below, captured by Attractions magazine. And then tell your friends you love them.
Below, Logo’s Raymond Braun talks to Luis’ friend Dylan Wolstencroft about the touching tribute.