Reports: Man with Lafayette-area ties among the dead in Orlando nightclub shooting _lowres

Julissa Leal, a Carencro native, displays a cellphone image of her missing brother, Frank Hernandez, as she speaks with the media outside a family reunification center set up at the Beardall Senior Center, Monday, June 13, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Photo by Zack Wittman/The Tampa Bay Times via AP

A Louisiana family drove all night to Orlando to check on whether their relative, Frank Hernandez, survived the Orlando nightclub shooting early Sunday morning, the Miami Herald reports.

While the Herald report doesn’t say whether Hernandez survived the shooting, the Orlando Sentinel lists a Frank Hernandez, 27, as among the people killed during the massacre at Pulse, a popular gay club.

Julissa Leal, 18, told the Herald that her brother’s boyfriend called her on Sunday and said he had been shot, but survived. But he had lost track of Hernandez.

“He told us that when the man started shooting, he got hit and started running,” said Leal.

On her Facebook page, Julissa Leal Escalante, who listed her hometown as Carencro, wrote that she had learned her brother had been killed. “I don’t understand why he had to be one of the many victims who didn’t make it,” she wrote. “They took my big brother away from me, they took him away from us. Frankie we love you, we will always love you and we will never forget you.”

Hernandez had lived in Orlando for three years, the Herald reported.

A New Orleans native was also shot at the club. He is alive but in a coma, a close friend confirmed Monday morning.