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Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez
July ?, 1991 - June 12, 2016

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez

Geraldo Ortiz-Jimenez lived in Puerto Rico and had flown to Orlando the Friday before the shooting to catch a Selena Gomez concert on the Friday before the shooting. Ms. Ortiz said he had talked about the show nonstop since he bought the tickets a few months. "He loved her, he absolutely loved her," she said.

He also loved keeping himself in good shape, going to the gym five days a week. And he was looking forward to his birthday next month. "His personality was amazing," Ms. Ortiz said. "He could always lift anyone's spirit up if they were down, he was that type of person."

Geraldo, who listed his profession on social media as actor and dancer, frequented the gym. "You'll be missed at the gym here in PR [Puerto Rico]," one friend wrote on Facebook.

Geraldo A. Ortiz-JimenezGeraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez

Known as "Drake Ortiz" to his friends, Geraldo was originally from Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic. According to his Facebook, he studied law at the Universidad Del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico. On his profile page, many of his friends expressed their grief over the loss. "You are with the glory of God now," one wrote. He was one of the last victims to be formally named.

"He was a very sweet guy," said his niece, Tiffany Ortiz, 23. "He always made everyone laugh and he was very kind of everyone."

He graduated from J. P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pa., in 2010, said Kelly Burkholder, a spokeswoman for the school district. He also studied law at Universidad del Este in Puerto Rico, according to Facebook.

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