La Vergne Mourns Local Grad Killed In Orlando

Posted at 10:22 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 23:32:34-04

With music, candlelight and prayer the La Vergne community struggled to make sense of the worst massacre in U.S. history.

It happened in an Orlando night club but this one hit close to home. Omar Capo was one of youngest victims. The La Vergne High School graduate was just 20 years old.

"He was always happy just the person you go to when you need a smile about anything," said close friend Ambar Lugo.

Omar was studying to be a dancer and actor. Friends say he was outgoing and lots of fun.

"We just cracked jokes about each other danced everything," said Johnny Lugo.

He wanted the world to know his name. But not like this.

"He was the light, everybody's light," Ambar said.

Friends of the family say Omar's loved ones have all gone to Florida. Next door neighbor Debra Balthrop said she spoke with the family when Omar was still missing. She heard his body was found from another neighbor.

"We both started crying because we both have children and we just can't imagine the hurt that they're going through," she said.

Veronica Kindred's son graduated with Omar last year.

"To have a son so close to his age my heart goes out to his family," she said.

Monday they all came together to remember a young man with big dreams. Spreading love because they know the man who ended Omar's life was motivated by pure hate.

"There's no words to describe what happened it's something I'm never going to forget," Ambar said.