A Glen Cove native is one of the 53 injured in the Orlando nightclub terrorist attacks and remains hospitalized after she was shot multiple times, according to officials and a social media post.
“I’m asking at this time for everyone to please pray for my daughter Marissa,” Nilisa Delgado of Glen Cove posted on her Facebook page Sunday morning, referencing her daughter Marissa Delgado. “She was in a massive shooting in Orlando nightclub pulse. She was shot 6 times and she is not doing good.”
The mother said she was having surgery and “lost a lot of blood.” She pleaded: “Please everyone pray for my baby girl.”
At her home Monday in Glen Cove, Nilisa Delgado was inside and too distraught to speak, but family members, neighbors and city officials expressed sadness that the Florida terrorist attack had hit home.
Forty-nine people were killed when New York native Omar Mateen opened fire inside Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, a gay club. Mateen was killed by police and officials have said the motivation for the attack was twofold: inspired by ISIS and anti-gay bias.
“She’s obviously not well from this; and prior to this she hasn’t been well herself,” said Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, who visited with Nilisa Delgado inside her home Monday afternoon. “Her daughter is still in the hospital under care. She was shot multiple times. They asked that we just respect their privacy at this point. They really don’t have anything else to say. . . . it’s a very tough time for them.”
Spinello described the family as “longtime residents” of Glen Cove with “family members that go way back.”
Spinello said he was unsure of Marissa Delgado’s current condition, but said he believed she had been shot somewhere between nine and 12 times. “We’re going to be doing all we can to ease their pain,” the mayor said.
Marissa Delgado was a 2005 graduate of Glen Cove High School, officials said. Superintendent Maria Rianna said in a statement Monday that she extended her “sincerest sympathies and condolences” to all the families and friends of the victims.
One of Marissa’s aunts, who didn’t want to give her name, spoke briefly to News 12 Long Island outside Nilisa Delgado’s home, describing her niece as “a sweet, kind girl; always smiling, family-oriented, positive.”
Nilisa Delgado, she said, is struggling. “Like any other parent, she’s taking it very hard. “
The aunt said her niece had moved to Florida several years ago for “a better life for herself,” saying she “enjoyed the weather” and wanted to be close to other family members who lived there, including her father and sister.
Sonia Fernandez, a longtime neighbor of Nilisa Delgado, said she visited her distraught neighbor Sunday night.
“She’s in shock,” said Fernandez. “And she said, ‘The heart, it’s broken.’ ”
Fernandez said she’s also heartbroken to hear that the little girl she remembers as a child lays in a hospital bed: “It’s terrible, terrible.”
Nilisa Delgado later updated her Facebook post, thanking her friends who left comments of support. “Thank you everyone. I’m just so devastated. I can’t even focus. I appreciate all of you. I love you all.”
With Gary Dymski