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Second Army Victim Identified among Casualties of Orlando Shooting

  • Angel Candelario-Padro, a victim of the deadly shooting in Orlando, had served in the Puerto Rico National Guard and was a member of the band. (Photo via 248th Army Band Facebook page)
    Angel Candelario-Padro, a victim of the deadly shooting in Orlando, had served in the Puerto Rico National Guard and was a member of the band. (Photo via 248th Army Band Facebook page)
  • Angel Candelario-Padro (Facebook)
    Angel Candelario-Padro (Facebook)

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 Military.com.

Candelario-Padro was then in the Inactive Ready Reserve until April 2013 and served in the 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion in Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico, until April 2014, according to information provided by Wayne Hall, a spokesman for the Army.

His awards include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (two awards), and the Army Service Ribbon.

The 248th Army Band posted a condolence message and photo of Candelario-Padro on its Facebook page.

"Very painful to mention this but we have to recognize and do a tribute to one of our own," it stated. "With great sadness I want to report the loss of who was in life the SPC ANGEL CANDELARIO. The Band 248 joins the sadness that overwhelms your family and we wish you much peace and resignation. Spc Candelario, rest in peace."

Candelario-Padro for two years prior lived in Chicago, where he worked at the Illinois Eye Institute and had side jobs at Old Navy and as a Zumba instructor, according to an article in The Chicago Tribune. He was at the Pulse nightclub frequented by the LGBT community when the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred.

Authorities say 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in 911 calls, killed 49 people and injured another 53 before being killed in a shootout with police.

Army Reserve Capt. Antonio Davon Brown was also killed in the attack and may be eligible to receive the Purple Heart, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday.

-- Brendan McGarry can be reached at brendan.mcgarry@military.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Brendan_McGarry.

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