Pulse shooting survivor killed in wreck

Posted at 11:43 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 23:43:45-04

ORLANDO (WKMG/CNN) - A 20-year-old woman who survived the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub was killed on Monday in a wrong-way crash in Orlando.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Jahqui Sevilla died on Monday when she lost control of her car and crashed head-on into an SUV. Sevilla played on the women's football team, the Orlando Anarchy.

Sevilla's father said she was known for her smile and sense of humor. It's a death that is taking friends, family members and city leaders by surprise. 

"It's a shock. It's a daze. It's unexpected. It's everything a parent would feel you know finding out. And then the relatives and we have a pretty tight community as far as, you know, religiously,” Benigno Sevilla said. 

Benigno Sevilla says she was one of the fortunate ones last June when she survived the shooting at the Pulse nightclub. “She was in between two of her friends. One didn't make it and one did and that was pretty remarkable. We were pretty happy and blessed that she survived that and it's just really unfortunate. You know, parents don't expect that to happen to their children," the man said.

On Tuesday, loved ones are grieving the sudden loss. 

A message was posted on Orlando Anarchy's Facebook page reading in part "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.” 

"It's unexpected so there's really nothing that I can say about that. Just fortunate for the time that we did have. Fortunate that she survived Pulse,” the father said.

A 53-year-old mother of four was also killed in the crash. Three of her children were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

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