Monday, March 6, 2017

An interview with Lexi Schultz.

Lexi Schultz was the girlfriend of Louis Velma. Louis lost his life on the evening of June 12th, 2016 at the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub. 49 people died that night.

Born in Minnesota Lexi was raised in Texas. In her senior year in high school, she got a job at Universal Studios Florida. She and Louis worked at Disaster: A Major Motion Picture Ride...Starring You! which was a dark ride tram tour. Set on a sound stage of a fictitious movie company, Disaster! was a based on the park's former Earthquake: The Big One ride, which comically illustrated how special effects are filmed for use in movies. The attraction's climax cast the riders as movie extras for a movie finale scene involving an earthquake in a subway station. Using high-speed editing techniques, the riders got to see themselves in the form of a movie trailer that included film sequences shot throughout the attraction's pre-show and main ride. On September 8, 2015 the ride closed to make use for Fast and Furious: Supercharged. When Disaster! closed, Louis suggested to Lexi that they should continue to see each other. They dated for two years.

At the time of the Pulse  shooting Louis age 22, worked at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal.  Lexi was in Guyana Africa on the evening of June 12, 2016 on a Christian Mission Trip. Louis was with Laura, a mutual friend that night at Pulse. Laura was shot twice in the back and abdomen. The bullets missed her liver and spinal chord. Amazingly she survived the night.

When Lexi got the news about the shooting, she kept refreshing the list of victims names on her phone. After many tries, his name suddenly appeared. She collapsed. She couldn't believe he was gone. She felt numb for a really long time. The flight back and then the viewing of the casket were a surreal blur. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series sent roses to Louis's funeral.

"What gave him the right to take all these lives?" Lexi asked. "Love one another instead of hating so much."

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