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Orlando diaries: Franky Jimmy De Jesus Velazquez, the oldest of the victims

Published: 15th June 2016 10:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2016 10:56 AM   |  A+A-

By AP

Franky Jimmy De Jesus Velazquez, 50, worked as a visual merchandiser, designing displays for an Orlando clothing store, according to his Facebook page. He posted inspirational and funny messages on his page, including a T-shirt that read: "Never underestimate an old man who is also a visual merchandiser."

On a list of victims with an average age of 29 years old, Velazquez was the oldest. But age never became a barrier for Velazquez, former co-worker Bret Werner said.

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez.jpg"He was a very outgoing, friendly person," said Werner, who worked with him at a clothing store in Miami. "Everyone wanted to be around him."

Among family and friends in his native Puerto Rico, Velazquez was known for Jibaro folk dancing, said his sister, Shiela De Jesus. "He was a very loved person."

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