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Friends of Luis Conde, 39, & Christopher SanFeliz, 24, are in shock over Orlando nightclub massacre

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 15:32:24-04

Standing outside of Gaither High School Tuedsay, Mary McNamara shared memories of her friend and former classmate Christopher SanFeliz.

The 24-year-old lost his life in the tragic massacre at the Orlando nightclub, Pulse, Sunday morning.

"You'd walk in the room and he had no enemies, none," said McNamara.   "He was such a sweet, sweet kid."

According to McNamara, SanFeliz was always trying to help others and had an uplifting spirit.

She recounted the day she feared failing a Geometry test and how SanFeliz comforted her.

"He was like, 'No! No! Don't worry about it,'" she recalled.

SanFeliz was a member of the band.

"He always had a positive attitude, he would literally give his shirt off his back to anybody," McNamara explained.

McNamara told ABC Action News SanFeliz's family is too upset to talk and asked her to be the family's spokesperson.

The family had previously turned down requests for comment.

McNamara noted the close relationship SanFeliz shared with his brother.

"Everybody who knows those two knows they were always together.  They were a team.  Not like a normal sibling bond.  They were much closer," she noted.

SanFeliz's brother did comment on the family's grief in a Facebook post Monday.

"My heart is completely broken," wrote Junior SanFeliz.  "There is no easy way to say this, as he was beloved by so many.  Christopher SanFeliz, my little brother and the most important person in my life, has passed away due to his injuries.  Please, I ask that you keep me and my family in your prayers during this time.  Everyone knows the bond that I had with my brother, we would finish each other's sentences..."

Junior SanFeliz also sent McNamara with a special message.

"He wanted everyone to know how special his brother was, that he could light up a room. He'd literally give you the shirt off his back.  If you were down he would do whatever to lift you," McNamara said.

On Wednesday night, a candlelight vigil for SanFeliz will be held at Gaither High School.

It will be held on the football field and begin at 8 p.m.

A Facebook page has been set up memorializing SanFeliz.  Click Here to view the page.

LUIS CONDE, 39, REMEMBERED BY CHILDHOOD FRIEND

Luis Conde, 39, and his longtime partner, Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37, were both gunned down as they celebrated a friend's birthday.

They owned and operated a successful salon in Orlando.

Conde's childhood friend, Johnny Garcia, told ABC Action News he had no doubt when they were growing up in Puerto Rico that Conde would be a success.

"I've got so much memory," said Garcia.  "I don't have one bad memory, one bad thing.  I don't think anyone, nobody in the neighborhood could say nothing, because that man was from the school to his house.'

Garcia described Conde as studious and someone who stayed out of trouble.

"Beautiful guy, beautiful heart, you know, always happy," Garcia said.

Garcia recalled spending time at the beach and river with Conde's family when they were young.

"It hurt me to see his name on the news," Garcia said.

Garcia told ABC Action News his friendship with Conde continued when both families moved to Chicago.  Then, when Garcia's family moved again, they lost touch.  That was about 15 years ago, according to Garcia.

Garcia says he had no idea Conde was so close-by in Orlando.

"I have mad love for him.  He died for love.  He died for hate," Garcia said.