Jean Carlos Perez: Loving partner, best salesperson around

Mendez Perez, partner Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon both killed in Pulse shooting

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35, was described by friends as always happy.

A native of Puerto Rico who lived in Kissimmee, he was killed alongside his longtime partner, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon at the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016.

“Jean was the opposite of Danny,” the couple’s friend, Wanda Ferrer, told News 6. “That’s why they loved each other so much.”

Mendez Perez worked at Perfumania in the Orlando Premium Outlets, where he met Wilson-Leon, selling him a bottle of Declaration by Cartier, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Ferrer said Perez was the best salesperson at the store.

Above all Mendez Perez was “a good friend with a very good sense of humor,” Ferrer said.

A GoFundMe for his funeral arrangements described Mendez Perez as a “man full of life and joy who loved his friends and family above all things.”

Family members describe him as dynamic, and a man who loved to play with his nieces and nephews. A friend called him her favorite artist on Facebook.


After a joint memorial for the couple, Wilson-Leon was buried in Puerto Rico and Mendes Perez was buried in Kissimmee.


About the Author:

Tara Evans is an executive producer and has been with News 6 since January 2013. She currently spearheads News 6 at Nine and specializes in stories with messages of inspiration, hope and that make a difference for people -- with a few hard-hitting investigations thrown in from time to time.