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Haitian-American Teen Jason Josaphat One of The Two Youngest Victims in Orlando Shooting

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Last Sunday a gunman entered an Orlando gay nightclub in the early hours and went on a  shooting rampage, killing 49 and wounding 53 others. At the age of 19, Haitian-American Jason Benjamin Josaphat one of the two youngest victim identified from the post nightclub shooting.

Early Sunday, Josaphat called his mother from the bathroom of Pulse nightclub. His aunt, Josette Desile, told the Orlando Sentinel that he was on the phone with his mother when lone gunman Omar Mateen entered the nightclub and proceeded to massacre 49 people, injuring 53 others in the process. When Josaphat told his mother what was happening she called 911 and kept her son on the line.

After an agonizing day of waiting and worrying, Josaphat’s family learned Monday morning that the Haitian-American teen had been killed, in what authorities later described as America’s deadliest-ever mass shooting.


Here’s  a few things we learned about Jason.

Josaphat had recently graduated from Skyline High School in Mesa and had begun classes at Valencia College. He was studying computer science.

Less than two weeks ago, Josaphat graduated from Southern Technical College’s business office specialist program, according to Martin Levert, the college’s executive director. Levert called Josaphat “an exceptional student.”

Jason and His Mother Myrlande Bebe
Jason and his Mother Myrlande Bebe on his graduation day. Photo Source Facebook

According to Photos on AZCentral, hundreds gathered at Mesa’s Skyline Park on Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil to remember Jason Josaphat, who was best described by those there as “funny,” “loved to make others laugh” and “what a great smile.”

More Photos on AZCentral 

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President Barack Obama consoles mother of Haitian-America teen Jason Josaphat.
President Barack Obama consoles mother of Haitian-America teen Jason Josaphat.
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