(ORLANDO, Fla.) — As investigators continue to figure out what motivated a gunman to shoot up a gay nightclub, killing 49 people last weekend, families of some of those victims are preparing to say their final goodbyes to loved ones today.
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, and Eric Ortiz-Rivera, 36, are the first two victims of the mass shooting to be laid to rest Thursday afternoon in Orlando.
President Obama will be arriving to the city Thursday as Orlando and the nation continue to mourn the dozens of lives lost in the mass shooting.
“The president while he’s there will also have an opportunity to speak publicly about what he sees, and also about the message that he’s preparing to deliver on behalf of the country, to make clear that the country stands with the people of Orlando, stands with the LGBT community in Orlando, as they grieve for their loss,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
Earnest added that Obama would also spend some time talking to first responders and medical professionals, including EMTs, nurses, doctors and surgeons who acted “heroically, courageously, and in some cases with disregard for their own safety to try to save innocent lives.”
FBI officials Wednesday called the massacre that left 50 dead, including the shooter, at the nightclub both an act of terrorism and a hate crime.
Investigators are still piecing together possible motives for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, with the focusing recently turning toward the shooter’s wife, Noor Mateen, whom the FBI is still investigating, though no charges have been filed.
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