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Passengers show love for woman grieving grandson lost in Orlando shooting
December 27, 2016
In the aftermath of gunman Omar Marteen’s killing spree at a gay nightclub in Orlando, people around the U.S. are showing their solidarity with the gay community and the victim’s families. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, a dancer and barista, was one of the 49 who died at Pulse on June 12, and his family is one that is receiving an outpouring of love and support, Fox 59 reported.
When Ocasio-Capo’s distraught grandmother flew on Jetblue to attend his funeral, employees at the airline went out of their way to comfort her. According to a post flight attendant Kelly Davis Karas wrote on Facebook, Jetblue employees waited with Ocasio-Capo’s grandmother until it was time to board the plane. They helped her board the plane and get settled. They even gave her a pillow blanket, a box of tissues and water to make her flight a little easier.
Karas also asked other passengers on the flight to share their condolences with the grieving grandmother, according to Fox 59. Karas asked them to share their words of compassion on sheets of paper that she and other crew members passed around. When Karas and the rest of the crew gathered the paper, what they saw moved them.
“When we gathered them together to present them to her, we didn’t have just a sheet of paper covered in names, which is what I had envisioned. Instead, we had page after page after page after page of long messages offering condolences, peace, love and support. There were even a couple of cash donations, and more than a few tears,” Karas wrote on Facebook.
Before disembarking, the crew and passengers held a moment of silence for Ocasio-Capo and Karas said every passenger on the flight stopped to physically show support to Ocasio-Capo’s grandmother before they got off of the plane.