Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo was just 20 years old when he was killed alongside 48 other patrons at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
His distraught grandmother was flying to Florida to join the rest of their family when she was unexpectedly confronted with an outpouring of love by her fellow passengers.
JetBlue air hostess Kelly Davis Karas was attending the woman who was travelling alone that day. While ensuring that she had blankets and tissues, Kelly had the idea of asking passengers to pass around a piece of paper and sign their names in solidarity.
She writes in an emotional Facebook post however, that what she received in return was much more overwhelming. “When we gathered [the papers] together to present them to her, we didn't have just a sheet of paper covered in names, which is what I had envisioned,” Kelly says.
“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."
At the end of the flight “with her permission and at the request of a couple of passengers, we offered a moment of silence in Omar's memory.”
Far from the usual rush towards the exits when the plane landed, Kelly adds that “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."
The experience was clearly an emotional one for Kelly who says she was again moved to tears while writing about what happened on Facebook.
"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," she says. Her entire post is below.