A practicing Wiccan, Daniel regularly participated at Renaissance Fairs. He loved scary moves and comic books.
A ravenous Star Wars fan, he was looking forward to the new film and had recently met Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars film and will soon be reprising her role.
Many people at the memorial simply knew Daniel as the guy who was always smiling. Only when his image was broadcast did many of his co-workers and peers learn his name.
“It didn’t matter what type of mood he was in,” Reyes said. “If you were hurting, it was that bright cheery, ‘are you ok? I’m going to make you laugh. I’m going to make you feel good again.’ That was Daniel. God, I miss him.”
Ryan Reyes had a special message to send:
“I speak for both Daniel and myself when I say that this attack should NOT encourage people to treat Muslims any differently than they would anyone else. This tragedy was committed by a radical group. We do not hold all Christians accountable for the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church, so why do we blame all Muslims for the actions of THEIR version of Westboro? It makes no sense. The twisted actions and beliefs of a few should not be used to view the majority. Muslims are just as loving and caring as anyone else. It made Daniel sick and continues to make me sick, that Americans refuse to drop this way of thinking.
Muslim people are just as desperate to capture the radical groups as anyone else. By joining forces and working together through love and understanding, we can defeat those that perpetrate these acts. My heart and sympathy goes out to all Muslims that are not members of these radical groups. I am sorry that, for whatever reason, people cannot seem to understand that the radical groups and terrorists do NOT speak for all Muslims. Just know that I do not blame you for this and I love you as my brothers and sisters in humanity, just as Daniel would.”
h/t: The Pride LA