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Weslaco Man Killed in Orlando ShootingPosted: Updated: Jun 13, 2016 02:52 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. – Family confirmed to CHANNEL 5 NEWS one of the victims in the Florida club shooting is from the Rio Grande Valley. He’s identified as 27-year-old Frank Escalante.
Escalante was one of the 49 people killed early Sunday morning. The gunman also wounded dozens more. Police killed the gunman in a shootout. It's the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
On the list of the victims which police released, Esclante's name appears as Frank Hernandez. The 27-year-old was from Weslaco.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS is working to get more information.
Meanwhile, United Blood Services extended its hours at its McAllen and Harlingen centers in an effort to increase its blood supply. It's making a public appeal for donors of all types. As a result of the shooting, Orlando blood banks had to import supplies from other blood blanks, including the United Blood Services.
Today, the centers will be open until 6 p.m. Tuesday, the centers will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1400 S. 6th St.
610 Ed Carey Drive
Family, friends and the public will be honoring Escalante and all the other Orlando shooting victims at the Valley AIDS Council building in Harlingen. It'll be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at 2306 Camelot Plaza Circle.