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Woman Who Survived Pulse Dies in Car Accident

Woman Who Survived Pulse Dies in Car Accident


It's almost one year since the Pulse shooting in Orlando.

A woman who survived the attack at Pulse almost a year ago died Monday in a head-on collision in the Orlando area.

The death of Jahqui Sevilla is less than two weeks before the Orlando community comes together for a day of remembrance on June 12 honoring victims and survivors of the attack. Sevilla is the second survivor of the massacre to die for unrelated reasons afterward.

Sevilla, 20, died in a crash after losing control of her Mitsubishi Lancer, crossing the median of State Road 417, and crashing head-on into a Dodge Durango, according to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes. Soroya Matias-Roth, a 53-year-old woman driving the Durango, also died in the crash. Three other people in Matias-Roth's vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Montes says alcohol was found in Sevilla's vehicle, despite the fact the driver was too young to legally drink. Police await toxicology reports but suspect the crash was alcohol-related. Officials determined Sevilla was at fault in the crash.

Many of those in the Orlando community connected to the Pulse shooting mourned Sevilla on social media. "My heart is so broken with the loss of such a beautiful, pure soul," Pulse owner Barbara Poma wrote on Facebook. "You are so loved, and I was blessed to have gotten the chance to be in your life."

Pulse Orlando also posted about Sevilla: "Our hearts are heavier today but we will never forget that beautiful soul and how it lifted us in times of need. We are thinking of all of her loved ones during this difficult time."

Sevilla had been at Pulse along with several other teammates with the Orlando Anarchy Women's Football Team. Cory Connell, boyfriend to one of the members of the team, was killed in the attack. The Anarchy posted remembrances of Sevilla on Facebook following her death.

Sevilla's online profile indicated she was a student at Orlando Medical Institute and worked at Universal Studios' Cabana Bay Beach Resort. She originally hailed from Memphis, Tennessee.

Sevilla's passing comes as Orlando and the Pulse community in particular prepare for a Day of Remembrance. Three vigils are scheduled at Pulse on June 12, a year after gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in a mass shooting before being killed by police. Besides the gunman, 49 others were killed and 68 were injured. A vigil was scheduled scheduled at 2:02 a.m. on June 12 this year to mark the moment the shooting began a year prior. It will be open only to survivors and family members of those killed in the attack. Two other vigils will be held later in the day.

Sevilla became the second person to survive the shooting only to die later for unrelated reasons. Chris Brodman, a 34-year man who was able to flee the club after the shooting began, died three months later at a party in Tampa. Brodman had a Pulse logo tattooed on his chest to remember victims of the attack. An autopsy later showed Brodman died of a rare brain aneurism, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Brodman's death frequently gets acknowledged in Orlando references to the fallen as "49+1."

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