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Families Remember Victims Of Orlando Nightclub Massacre

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Throughout the day we've been hearing more about the 49 people who were murdered yesterday. Twenty-year-old Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He and his family moved to Cleveland when he was a kid. In 2013, Ocasio-Capo moved to Orlando. And he planned to enroll at nearby Valencia College for theater.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

His older sister, Belinette Ocasio-Capo, says his true love was dance.

BELINETTE OCASIO-CAPO: He danced his little self off (laughter). He loved dancing hip-hop, salsa, merengue, Oaxaca - anything you could put on the radio, he would dance.

MCEVERS: And that was how Omar spent his final hours. One of the last images of him was posted by a friend on Snapchat. It was a video of Omar dancing with friends at Pulse nightclub just a couple of hours before the shooting began.

CORNISH: His sister, Belinette, says that's exactly how he would've wanted to be remembered.

OCASIO-CAPO: He always told me Belli, if something ever happens to me, just make sure you don't cry, please. I just want you guys to have fun. I know it's going to hurt, but I just want you guys to literally just have fun and just know that I'm with you guys no matter what. And I just took it as OK, I got you. And he always told me if something happens, remember my favorite color is yellow (laughter).

CORNISH: She says while her family is heartbroken, they've been bolstered by the outpouring of support from those who loved him.

OCASIO-CAPO: I have people from Mexico, from Vegas, from California, Colombia, Salvador - I have so many people writing me on Facebook. I know my brother was loved. And that is one thing that I'm OK with because I know that he made a difference in other people's lives.

MCEVERS: That was Belinette Ocasio-Capo talking about her brother. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo was 20, one of the youngest people killed at Pulse nightclub. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.