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Army Reservist Among The Dead At Pulse

Second Army Victim Identified among Casualties of Orlando Shooting

by Brendan McGarry
Jun 17, 2016

A second U.S. Army victim has been identified among the casualties of the deadly shooting at an Orlando nightclub.

Angel Candelario-Padro served in the Puerto Rico National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve, officials said.

"It is again with our deepest sadness, our heartbreak that we inform you that National Guardsman SPC. Angel Candelario-Padro was among the victims we have lost," said Matt Thorn, executive director of OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that represents the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Candelario-Padro, whose home of record at the time of enlistment was Guanica, Puerto Rico, served as a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard and was assigned as a musician to the 248th Army Band, officials said. He also played clarinet with his hometown band and had just moved to Orlando from Chicago, Thorn said.

He served as a specialist in the Guard from Jan. 12, 2006, until Jan. 11, 2012, at which point he transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Houk, a spokesman for the National Guard Bureau, confirmed in an email to

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