Lake Worth art broker’s friend killed in Orlando shooting

Frank Hernandez (right), shown with his boyfriend, Brett Rigas, was killed during Sunday's nightclub shooting in Orlando. Lake Worth art broker Jimmy D. Robinson was friends with both men.

Frank Hernandez (right), shown with his boyfriend, Brett Rigas, was killed during Sunday’s nightclub shooting in Orlando. Lake Worth art broker Jimmy D. Robinson was friends with both men.

LAKE WORTH — Jimmy D. Robinson is very familiar with Pulse nightclub, site of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“It’s a great meeting place for gay people,” said Robinson, a Lake Worth art broker who has frequented the club often, but not recently. “But straight people go there, too.”

When word of the massacre of 49 people spread, Robinson immediately thought he could have been one of the victims.

“I was just in Orlando a few days ago on business,” said Robinson, who has many friends and clients in the area.

Instead, Robinson learned one of his friends, Brett Rigas, suffered minor injuries when a bullet grazed his arm.

“He said it was chaos inside,” Robinson said. “He was one of the lucky ones to get out.”

But Rigas’ boyfriend, Frank Hernandez, wasn’t so lucky.

Hernandez, a manager at a Calvin Klein store, was one of the 49 victims gunned down.

Robinson met Hernandez a few times. He said he knew right away Rigas found the man of his dreams.

“He was such an incredibly guy,” Robinson said. “He loved clothing, he loved life, he was very artsy. He was happy and always left great comments on my Instagram. I’m so sick over this.”

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