Family, friends rally around Metairie native shot at Orlando nightclub

Family, friends rally around Metairie native shot at Orlando nightclub
Fundraising flier
Fundraising flier

HARAHAN, LA (WVUE) - Family and friends are rallying around a Metairie native who was shot at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12.

David Melendez said he and his family are taking it day by day.

"Just continue to pray for him and that's all we can do for now," Melendez said.

Melendez's brother, Leo, is in critical condition in a medically induced coma at an Orlando hospital. He was among the victims shot during what's being called a terror attack. Leo is from Metairie but moved to Florida after Katrina.

"We had to go through so many different people and all to finally get a confirmation of his whereabouts, and when we finally did that, it was one of those moments that I can't even put into words, you know? We went from one moment thinking he was missing, then possibly deceased, and, then alive," said Melendez.

While family members are by Leo's side in Orlando, family friend Jaymie Rotts is organizing a fundraiser for him Sunday at The Kamp Bar in Harahan.

"The fundraiser is for Leonel and his family and any kind of financial support they need, whether it's flying in and out of Orlando or hospital expenses for Leonel," said Rotts.

She wants to show Leo just how much he's loved, even by strangers. And that's something Leo's brother said they've gotten a lot of lately.

"It's been unbelievable the amount of support we've had from Orlando to New Orleans," said Melendez.

The Love for Leo fundraiser will take place Sunday, June 26, at The Kamp Bar in Harahan from noon until 6 p.m.  
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