Sarasota Pulse victim Edward Sotomayor to be remembered with service, candlelight walk

Courtesy Chhoy Sutimek

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Sarasota man who was killed in the Orlando Pulse nightclub attack will be remembered at a funeral service and celebration of life on Saturday followed by a candlelight walk.

Edward Sotomayor, 34, was well-known in the LGBT community and was the first Pulse massacre victim to be identified. 

A funeral service and celebration of Sotomayer’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at the Robarts Arena located at 3000 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota.

“Join the family of Edward Sotomayor and the staff from to celebrate his life as the incredibly loving, witty and magnetic personality he will always be remembered as. We will commemorate him for always living life to the fullest and on his own terms and for leaving every person and place better than he found them. With great love we honor our “Top Hat Eddie” and hope that you will join us to do the same,” said Sotomayer’s loved ones in a post on the Facebook page. 

After the memorial, friends and family will honor Sotomayer with a candlelight walk in the St. Pete Pride Parade. Participants are asked to bring a candle and wear a white shirt and a black top hat. Get more details here. 

A GoFundMe account has been created to benefit Sotomayor’s family.

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