ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The Latest on the funeral service for Orlando shooting victim Christopher Andrew Leinonen (all times local):
The pews were full at Cathedral Church of St. Luke in downtown Orlando for the funeral of Pulse nightclub shooting victim Christopher Andrew Leinonen.
The 32-year-old Leinonen was with his friends when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire, killing 49 club-goers and wounding 53 others.
Brandon Wolf was with Leinonen and shooting victim Juan Ramon Guerrero. The 27-year-old Wolf managed to make it out alive.
He says Leinonen changed his life, and eased his pain when he was hurting.
“He laughed at my worst jokes and he never missed an opportunity to remind me just how much he loved me.”
He called Leinonen ” the fun, he was our social glue, he was also the one who loves us the most, he is the one who taught me that no matter who I am or what I do I am perfect in my own way.”
Felipe Marrero wakes up in his hospital bed in the middle of the night and thinks he smells gunpowder.
That’s just one of the problems he’s suffered after being shot four times in the back and arm during the Sunday shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 victims dead. Gunman Omar Mateen was killed in a firefight with police.
Marrero says he dropped to the floor of the club when Mateen started shooting and played dead while bodies surrounded him.
He says the shots stopped after about an hour, as though Mateen were reloading. Then he was hit in his lower back and left arm, which was shattered.
Marrero says he’s starting to heal but knows he has a long road.