Age 34 , Florida
Edward Sotomayor, known as “Top-Hat Eddie”, was a brand manager for LGBT travel agency ALandCHUCK.travel, and was taken from everyone way too soon during the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. A week prior to the incident he posted:
“Each and every one of us has certain tests to pass in our lives: certain elevations that we have to go through, certain pain that we need to feel, certain cleansing processes we must experience, certain specific missions that we have to accomplish. That’s why we’ve been put here on Earth. If we can go through our lives with the understanding that everything that we face and every place that we find ourselves is put in front of us to bring us to another level of spirituality, then we can move through each day with a new kind of strength and certainty.
Sometimes we complain about our struggles, but if we truly understood the process we are in, we would realize that everything is as it needs to be — and that we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
When he walked into a room, he lit it up with his smile. He touched so many people’s lives and that can be seen by all of the social media outlets since the horrific incident. He was loved by everybody and will truly be missed by all.