ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The pews were full at Cathedral Church of St. Luke in downtown Orlando for the funeral of Pulse nightclub shooting victim Christopher Andrew Leinonen.
The 32-year-old Leinonen was with his friends when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire, killing 49 club-goers and wounding 53 others.
Brandon Wolf was with Leinonen and shooting victim Juan Ramon Guerrero. The 27-year-old Wolf managed to make it out alive.
He says Leinonen changed his life, and eased his pain when he was hurting.
“He laughed at my worst jokes and he never missed an opportunity to remind me just how much he loved me.”
He called Leinonen ” the fun, he was our social glue, he was also the one who loves us the most, he is the one who taught me that no matter who I am or what I do I am perfect in my own way.”