Pulse Nightclub Massacre Survivor, 20, Killed in Car Crash
Jahqui Sevilla, 20, was killed Monday morning along with a 53-year-old mother.
A young woman who survived last year's horrific Pulse nightclub attack was killed this week in a car crash.
Jahqui Sevilla lost control of her Mitsubishi Lancer and veered into oncoming traffic on a stretch of a central Florida highway early Monday.
The 20-year-old college student, who survived the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, was killed.
Sevilla's car collided with an SUV driven by a mother who had four of her children in the vehicle, according to WKMG.
That driver, 53-year-old Soraya Matias-Roth, was also killed, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Three of Matias-Roth's children were hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Sevilla is the second survivor to die an unrelated death in the nearly one year since gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside the Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people.
Mateen was killed outside the club by police.
Along with fellow survivor Paula Blanco, Sevilla played for the Anarchy, an Orlando women's football team. The Orlando Anarchy issued a statement Tuesday about the player's death.
"Jahqui Sevilla was taken from her family and her football family in a tragic automobile crash. Grief is not a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity of life. Grief allows each person time to turn a loss into a strong memory in the heart.
"When a person we love leaves us, we never lose them — they become more of a part of us. Jahqui Sevilla will always be in our hearts and a part of the Orlando Anarchy Family."
Sevilla was a student at the Orlando Medical Institute and worked as a lifeguard at an Orlando water park. Her father, who said his daughter planned to become a firefighter, was having some success as she underwent treatment in the wake of the shooting.
"After [Pulse] she didn't do well with loud noises and dark places. She was going to UCF to get treatment with that and she was doing very good. She became more open," Benigno Sevilla told WKMG. "She could sleep at night in the dark. She had been improving. She was going back to school."
Sevilla was among the survivors who joined Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma on a float in this year's Rose Bowl parade.
Poma posted a photo of herself posing with Sevilla at the event to Facebook on Tuesday.
“My heart is so broken with the loss of such a beautiful, pure soul," Poma wrote. "Jahqui Sevilla you are so loved, and I was so blessed to have gotten the chance to be in your life."
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