• A woman mourns at a memorial for the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The Puerto Rican father was reportedly ashamed that his son was gay.
By
Alyssa Braithwaite

27 Jun 2016 - 3:51 PM  UPDATED 27 Jun 2016 - 3:51 PM

The father of one of the victims killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting reportedly refused to claim his gay son's body because he was ashamed.

Bodies for 48 of the 49 victims of the massacre were claimed by family, but one outstanding case was left unclaimed, an article posted by Orlando Latino reported. 

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"It was touch and go for one particular shooting victim whose father didn't want to claim the body. Because the son was gay. Because the father was ashamed," the website said.

"Finally and after much convincing, the body was released to Orlando-area relatives and he has been buried."

The Orlando Latino didn't reveal the name of the victim, "so as not to further victimise the deceased, who was Puerto Rican" but said that it had confirmed the information with several sources. 

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Nearly 90 per cent of the people killed in Pulse nightclub were Latino, and 23 of them were Puerto Rican.

"The tale is part of the untold stories of the Latino victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre," the blog wrote.

"The fact is, Puerto Ricans on the island are socially conservative and oftentimes anti-LGBT. In the island's macho culture (relative to the states), anti-gay bias is not subtle and has reached the highest levels of government."

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"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."

When the Orange County Medical Examiner and the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System started to release the names of the Pulse shooting to the media, it may have effectively outed many people who had kept their sexual identity private.

"It's a very touchy subject, but some of the victims' families found out that their victim was LGBT when this happened, so they will have to deal with that," Pedro Julio Serrano, executive director of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a social justice organization for the LGBTQI community in Puerto Rico, told Mother Jones.

"It's tragic that someone has to wait until they die for their family to find out that they are gay."