Christopher Leinonen, whose mom made emotional plea on TV, confirmed dead
PUBLISHED Mon, June 13, 2016 - 1:42pm EDT
Photo: Christine Leinonen (Credit: ABC)
Christopher Leinonen, the 32-year-old man whose mother made an emotional plea on television as she waited for news, has been identified as one of those killed, ending nearly 36 hours of uncertainty. (more)
Christopher was at the popular Pulse nightclub in Orlando with his boyfriend, who was also killed, and two other friends who survived. Christopher's fate remained uncertain for nearly 36 hours as his mother was unable to get information from officials.
"I called him last night at 6 o'clock. He was at Seaworld and I was just giving him some information for my upcoming surgery, and I left him with 'I love you, Chris', and then I just happened to wake up at 3 o'clock and I was checking my Facebook and I saw that one of Christopher's friends had posted on Facebook that there was a shooting at the Pulse," she told ABC on Sunday.
Christine also spoke with the "TODAY" show on Monday morning, saying she was still holding on to a small chance that her son could have been among those injured. "I'm holding out the very sliver of hope that he is an unidentified person at the hospital," she said.
A total of 49 people were killed and 53 others were injured, some of whom remain gravely injured, after a gunman opened fire at the Pulse gay club in Orlando. The shooter, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) group, was killed in a gunfight with officers.
Mother of man who was at Orlando club: "There's a lot of dead bodies at the club...they can't identify anybody." https://t.co/KXKy7t4Bpr
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