Orlando nightclub shooting victim born in Detroit

Posted at 5:55 AM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 11:54:45-04

One of the victims of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting, we've learned, has connections to metro Detroit.

Christine Leinonen first learned of the shooting at Pulse on Facebook, according to ABC News.

Her son, Christopher, was inside the club when the gunman opened fire. ABC News reportsChristine woke up to news about the shooting and hours later, found out her son was among the dead. 

7 Action News has learned Christine and her son moved from Detroit to Orlando years ago. 

Christine tells ABC News her son established the gay straight alliance at his high school and received a humanitarian award for his effort.