I write this to my fellow journalists who are working so hard to tell such horrible stories. Yes, we know why the gunman seemed to choose that bar. His hate for the LGBTQ community appears clear. But why that night, Latin night, to carry out his horrible act? Why did he let others live yet continue to massacre even more Latinos?
In all, 90 percent of the victims were Latino and half were Puerto Rican. In Dallas, we do know a Latino journalist was found murdered with a single gunshot wound to the chest.
What we don’t know is why. We don’t know if his journalism, often about drug cartels and immigration, might have been a factor. We can't discount it.
In Dallas, most of the news media discounted Jay Torres' murder or delivered it under 30 seconds. There were only a few news outlets, mostly Spanish-language and one English language affiliate, that treated the story with the importance and respect it required. These stories were mostly done by Latino journalists who not only understood the potential gravity of a journalist gunned down on U.S. soil, but the intricacies of being a Latino journalist covering the stories Jay covered.
In Orlando, only a handful of journalists, mostly of color, did not forget the victims' ethnicity, communities and family -- the family that stretches beyond blood and beyond marriage. This Latino family that manages to feel the pain of so much loss just by seeing those faces that look like us, with names that sound Iike ours.
Mekahlo Medina is the Emmy Award-winning technology and social media reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Medina currently serves as President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is also secretary of UNITY Journalists for Diversity, and is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Native American Journalists Association.