Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz: A bright smile, a kind person

Victim's family calls for justice after shooting

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz was 22 when he was killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Peter O. Gonzalez Cruz, 22, was known to friends and family as Petty Ommy.

Gonzalez-Cruz worked for UPS before he was killed in the Pulse nightclub attack on June 12, 2016. He was one of the youngest victims.

Friends said they remember Gonzalez-Cruz's smile and described him as helpful and kind.

Gonzalez-Cruz lived in South Africa before moving to Orlando and loved to travel, according to his Facebook page.

“Rest in peace,” a friend wrote in Spanish on his memorial page. “Everyone who knew you knew the wonderful person you were. We love you.”

His Facebook timeline is filled with fierce selfies and bright images of flowers.

"Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love that you have shown me regarding my son,” his mother said on Facebook. “As a mother, I feel a deep and immense pain as everyone else who is going through this."

His family joined other victims' families in calling for justice for their loved ones and demanding that lawmakers to enforce stricter gun control laws.

"We want justice. We want justice for the 49 victims," Sonia Cruz, Gonzalez-Cruz’s aunt, said.


About the Author:

Amanda Castro, a proud UCF alum, joined the News 6 team in November 2015 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor in April 2016. Go Knights!