BROOKLYN - Two people with ties to Brooklyn have been identified by authorities in Florida as victims of the terror attack that left at least 49 dead in an Orlando nightclub.
Officials identified Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49, and Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25, as two of the people killed. At least 50 more people were injured in what officials are calling the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
According to McCool's Facebook page, she was living in Orlando but was originally from Brooklyn. She posted a video to her profile taken inside the club around two hours before the shooting.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by one of McCool's sons, she was a single mother of 11 children and beat terminal illness twice after being diagnosed with cancer.
Rios was a social worker for the True Care Home Health Care company in Brooklyn. Family members say he was visiting Orlando for a friend's birthday.
Rios' mother spoke with reporters outside her Bed-Stuy home at the Marcy Houses Monday, telling News 12 she is traveling to Orlando to properly identify her son's body. Neighbors say Rios grew up in the house and has three brothers and two sisters.
Neighbors close to the family say he often attended church services at the Greater Free Gift Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
Rios' mother also created a GoFundMe page to raise money to bring her son's body home to Brooklyn.