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Seminole State College student killed in nightclub shooting, counseling available at all campuses

Luis S. Vielma (Facebook)

(UPDATED: June 13, 2016) Seminole State College is mourning the death of a student who was killed in the mass shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando this weekend.

Luis S. Vielma, 22, was an Emergency Medical Services student and was enrolled in a CPR class this summer.

Statement from Seminole State College President Dr. E. Ann McGee:

"We are saddened by the tragic events this weekend and the loss of one of our own, Seminole State student, Luis Vielma. We continue to think of, and pray for the victims, their families and friends, the LGBT community, the Hispanic Community, our students, and all of Orlando.  These events have truly shocked and saddened the Central Florida community.

In the midst of sadness, we have also seen strength. The community has come together to support each other. Seminole State is offering counseling to students and employees with counselors on our four campuses and via student telephone hotline and employee assistance programs. Other agencies such as the Heart of Florida United Way have also pledged ongoing emotional support, information and assistance through the 2-1-1 Information and Assistance Crisis Helpline. 

In the coming weeks we will continue to provide support and assistance to our college community as we recover from this tragedy. We are committed to each other and to our community. And to stand #OrlandoUnited."

If you have any information about the attack at the Pulse night club, please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

If you are looking for a family member, please call the city’s crisis hotline at 407.246.4357.

If you are safe, you can check in on the Facebook page The Shooting in Orlando to reassure your Facebook friends.

If you need somebody to talk to about this tragedy, students can call the Counseling hotline at 407.416.9976, and employees can call EAP at 1.800.272.7252 free, 24/7. S

There is a continuing need for blood donations. Please consider donating if you are able to, and visit www.oneblood.org to find the Donation Center or Big Red Bus closest to you.

The College will update resources as needed and assist any individuals affected by events at the Pulse. Take care of yourself, your family and friends.

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