When J.K. Rowling heard a worker from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was among the victims of the Orlando shooting, the author released a touching statement on social media. “Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years old,” she wrote. “I can’t stop crying.” Since then, Rowling went further for his funeral service by sending flowers and an emotional message for Vielma’s loved ones.
Those in attendance shared photos of the arrangement Rowling sent to the funeral held at a Catholic church in Sanford, Florida. Her accompanying letter read: “To Luis, who died for love, you will never be forgotten. J.K. Rowling.”
Vielma was among 49 people who died at the gay bar Pulse in Orlando, Florida on June 12.
Guests and staff members at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter honored Vielma on Monday by raising their wands to the sky. “Tonight, we raise our wands to one of the greatest and best Gryffindors the world has ever known,” one of Vielma’s friends said in a video posted to YouTube from the event. “Tonight, we raise our wands to Luis Vielma. He was brave, and he was one of the kindest souls you will ever meet in your life.”