UPDATE: 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, first posted 10:30 a.m. Monday
One person from Philadelphia was killed and another injured in the mass shooting that happened early Sunday morning in Orlando. In addition, a graduate of a high school in Lancaster was killed.
Akyra Murray, 18, graduated from West Catholic High in Philadelphia and was identified Monday afternoon as having died. Patience Carter, an intern at Fox29 was injured in the attack. A list of victims can be found on the City of Orlando’s website.
Murray, 18, died in early Sunday morning’s shooting. She was in Orlando with her family to visit her brother and celebrate her June 6 graduation from West Catholic Prep.
Murray was ranked third in her class, according to the high school. She had recently signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Mercyhurst.
The high school described her as a model scholar-athlete in a Facebook post. Murray ran a half-marathon in 2010 at age 12.
West Catholic Prep has planned a vigil for Murray Wednesday night. Her father, Albert Murray, posted this message on Facebook today:
Murray’s mother told the Associated Press that her daughter called her while wounded and hiding from the shooter in a bathroom stall. “It was devastating,” she said.
Geraldo Ortiz-Jimenez, 25, was killed in the shooting in Orlando and was a graduate of McCaskey High School in Lancaster, according to WGAL. Ortiz-Jimenez is a native of the Dominican Republic who went to school after high school in Puerto Rico. He went on to be an actor and a dancer, and his friends told the TV station he was family-oriented and respectful to everyone.
Carter sustained injuries from a gunshot to the leg but, Fox 29 reports, is in stable condition. She’s interning at Fox 29 this summer. According to her Facebook page, Carter attended University City High School.
Weekend co-anchor Bill Anderson told Philly.com, “Patience Carter is motivated, intelligent and ambitious. She didn’t deserve this, nor did any of the others.”
Carter was in Orlando for a vacation with a friend. She posted an Instagram Saturday night saying “Headed to downtown Orlando!!”