The grandmother of one of the youngest victims in Orlando’s nightclub shooting was met with heartfelt notes from passengers and airline crew on a JetBlue flight earlier this week.
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20, a dancer and barista, lived in Cleveland with his family for several years before his mother moved them to Florida in 2012, according to Fox 8.
On June 14—two days after Omar’s murder, his grandmother, who remains unnamed, boarded a flight to Orlando to attend his funeral.
Although, the grandmother was all alone, JetBlue flight attendant Kelly Davis Karas of Maine wanted to assure her that she wasn’t.
“I had the idea to pass around a piece of paper to everyone on board and invite them to sign it for this grieving grandmother,” Karas wrote on her Facebook page. As she and her co-worker, Melinda Sloop Winstead, took beverage orders, they told passengers about the idea.
“Halfway through, Melinda called me, ‘Kel, I think you should start another paper from the front. Folks are writing PARAGRAPHS,'” Karas wrote.
“When we gathered them together to present them to her, we didn’t have just a sheet of paper covered in names, which is what I had envisioned. Instead, we had page after page after page after page of long messages offering condolences, peace, love and support. There were even a couple of cash donations, and more than a few tears,” Karas wrote.
Karas shed a few tears herself as she recalled the events on Tuesday.
I am moved to tears yet again as I struggle to put our experience into words. In spite of a few hateful, broken human beings in this world who can all too easily legally get their hands on mass assault weapons – people ARE kind. People DO care. And through our customers’ humanity today, and through the generosity of this wonderful company I am so grateful to work for, I am hopeful that someday soon we can rally together to make the world a safer place for all.
“I will never forget today. #Orlandoproud”
Once the flight landed, Karas announced over the loudspeaker that “JetBlue stands with Orlando.” She also offered a moment of silence for Omar, with the grandmother’s permission, of course. As they deplaned, everyone stopped to offer their condolences to the grandmother.
“Some just said they were sorry, some touched her hand, some hugged her, some cried with her. But every single person stopped to speak to her, and not a single person was impatient at the slower deplaning process.”
Jetblue spokeswoman Morgan Johnston told CNN that Tuesday’s event was not made up. “We can confirm that these are our crew members, and that the story appears to be an accurate account of one of our flights from yesterday morning,” she said.
Karas’s post has been shared over 86,000 times as of Thursday afternoon.