Orlando Victim

What these JetBlue passengers did for the grandmother of a Pulse Orlando Victim will restore your faith in humanity.

One of the youngest Orlando victims in the deadly shooting was Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo. Known as Omar to friends, he was a dancer and barista.

Less than three days after Omar’s brutal murder, his grandmother, heartbroken and alone, boarded a flight to attend his funeral.

A crew member decided that the woman, grieving alone, could not disembark without knowing the world was with her. Kelly Davis Karas passed around a piece of paper for passengers to sign so their words might ease her aching-heart.

As Karas pushed the beverage cart down the plane’s aisle, she whispered to passengers about the paper. Halfway down the aisle, another crew member on board said more paper was needed. Instead of signing their names and moving on, passengers were writing paragraphs—long notes of compassion, grief and strength.

“When we gathered them to present to her, we didn’t just have 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.

After the hour-and-a-half flight, Karas made the standard announcements followed by “We stand with Orlando.” She also included a moment of silence for Omar.

Karas then marveled as passengers stopped, one by one, to share a moment with the grandmother as they disembarked.

“As we deplaned, EVERY SINGLE PERSON STOPPED TO OFFER HER THEIR CONDOLENCES. Some just said they were sorry, some touched her hand, some hugged her, some cried with her. But every single person stopped to speak to her, and not a single person was impatient at the slower deplaning process,” she wrote.

In the midst of their great grief, the support of their communities and even strangers are bringing much comfort to these relatives of lost loved ones.

In spite of a few hateful, broken human beings in this world who can all too easily legally get their hands on mass assault weapons – people ARE kind.

People DO care.

And through our customers’ humanity today, and through the generosity of this wonderful company I am so grateful to work for, I am hopeful that someday soon we can rally together to make the world a safer place for all.

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