In Orlando, an agonizing wait for answers for some family members



ORLANDO – Julissa Leal’s brother Frank Hernandez was at Pulse nightclub on Saturday night with his boyfriend. When the mayhem started they were separated, and no one has heard from Frank since.

“We’re still waiting for something. It’s going to be the longest day ever,” she said. “Nobody can tell us anything. Nothing at all.” PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE 

Julissa Leal is hoping for news about her brother. He was at Pulse nightclub when the shootings started and no one has heard from him since. Photo: Jennifer Brett

Julissa Leal is hoping for news about her brother. He was at Pulse nightclub when the shootings started and no one has heard from him since. Photo: Jennifer Brett

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She and family members had just driven in from Louisiana, desperate for information about her 27-year-old brother. Her brother worked at Calvin Klein and they had last seen each other at her high school graduation in May.

“He was the best person I ever knew,” she said. “I just wish I could see him again.”

Authorities have turned a senior center into a processing center for family members of victims and those yet unaccounted for. It’s a grim, tense scene as relatives, law enforcement officers, clergy and volunteers come and go. For many, the wait is agonizing.

Zee Renta and Jai Sait arrived early Monday morning, hoping for news about a friend they think was at Pulse Saturday and whom no one has heard from since.

“We don’t know how to process this,” Renta said. “We don’t know how to take this.”

 

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