Two young Polk county women among the slain in Orlando

Mercedes Flores and Amanda Alvear, photos courtesy families.
Mercedes Flores and Amanda Alvear, photos courtesy families.
Mercedes Flores and Amanda Alvear, photos courtesy families.

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Two young Polk county women are among the victims who were gunned down Sunday morning at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Sadly, the last moments of Amanda Alvear’s life already stand as the world’s most haunting memory of her. She recorded a few clips of dancing on her cell phone, then the unmistakable sound of a madman’s gun.

The video shows Amanda looking into her cell phone camera, then 17 shots fired in just five seconds, Amanda’s face disappears from sight.

Amanda was 25 years old. She attended Ridge Community high school in Davenport, a community of about 2,800 people, just north of Haines City.

Her family lives in a gated Davenport community. When we reached out to them, they relayed that they are still grieving and just not ready to discuss what occurred.

Amanda was at Pulse with her good friend Mercedez Flores.

Related: City releases names, ages, of 47 nightclub shooting victims

Mercedez turned 26 in April. She is the youngest of three children, with two older brothers. She also graduated from Ridge Community high. According to her sister-in-law, Mercedez had a large group of friends that loved to party on the weekends. She worked at the Target off route 27 in Davenport while attending Valencia Community College, to become a party planner.

According to her sister-in-law, Mercedez was among the last victims removed from the nightclub today. Her family was to meet with authorities in Orlando at 1:30 pm. According to her sister-in-law, her family was told Mercedez did not suffer. That is little consolation for parents when a child is taken so young.

Related stories:

 

 

 

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s