J.K. Rowling Sends Flowers to Funeral of Orlando Victim Who Worked at Harry Potter Attraction
J.K. Rowling shared here sympathies for 22-year-old Orlando shooting victim Luis Vielma
Vielma, 22, was a student studying to be a physical therapist assistant at Seminole State College of Florida, according to his Facebook page. He also worked at Orlando’s popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter, operating the attraction’s “Forbidden Journey” ride.
Upon learning of his death and his connection to the park, the 50-year-old prolific author tweeted “I can’t stop crying” to her 7.51 million followers.
She then sent a wreath of red roses and carnations to a visitation held of Vielma’s family and friends on Friday afternoon, PEOPLE can confirm.
“To Luis, who died for love,” Rowling’s note read. “You will never be forgotten.
Vielma’s family said working at the Harry Potter ride was a “dream of all dreams come true” for him.
“He loved being able to go and be part of that every day he worked,” they wrote in his obituary. “There was no greater experience for him at this time.”
Rowling also spent some time responding to Vielma’s friends and coworkers at the park, including one man, name Justin Muniz, who said Vielma “brought smiles to everyone he met.”
“I’m so, so sorry,” she said. “My heart goes out to you, all his friends and his poor family.”
• Reporting by JEN HAUPT