Amanda Alvear was one of the victims of the mass shooting that occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Alvear had gone out with the intention of having a fun night, not expecting the horror that befell her and over 100 others who were either killed or injured at the hands of Omar Mateen.
Alvear captured several videos of the goings on at Pulse on the social media app Snapchat. Alvear’s first few snaps are just pictures of her and her friend having fun at the club, but the fourth snap gives a glimpse into the terror that the victims experienced, as it features the sound of shots throughout the club, 17 in just six seconds. The video ends with her looking afraid and mouthing the word “shooting.”
Alvear, 25, and the friend that accompanied her that night, Mercedez Marisol Flores, were both listed among those who were killed in the largest mass shooting in United States history.
Watch Alvear’s video below, courtesy of ABC News. The original videos were taken by Amanda and uploaded by her brother Brian. He can be heard at the beginning explaining what is happening:
The story is still developing, but Alvear’s brother Brian also posted the following statement on Facebook:
‘People keep asking? Yes this is Amanda, she was creating a snapchat story though the night this is the last time anyone saw her, after this she did receive and answer one call.’
Brian Alvear told the Orlando Sentinel that Amanda had spent Friday and Saturday before going to Pulse shopping with his two daughters who are 12 and 8 years old. Brian said about his sister, “She was a fashionista. She liked to look good and she wanted my girls — her girls — to look good. She liked to make them look very good.”
Going on to describe his sister, Brian said, “People got caught in her wake. Whatever she was doing, that’s what they were going to do and have fun doing it.”
Amanda graduated from Ridge Community High School in Davenport and worked as a pharmacy technician, with plans to later become a nurse.
Brian also said about Amanda that she considered gay and lesbian clubs to be safe, fun places where she could be herself, which is why she frequented them.
Knowing his sister and what she would have wanted, it is important to Brian that hate not be spread over Amanda’s death.
‘She wouldn’t want anyone to spread hate for her. She’d rather they spread more love, keep friends and family close, and have a good time doing it.’
To learn more about the victims of Sunday morning’s massacre, click here.
Featured image via Facebook.