NAHJ honors journalist killed in Orlando shooting
Scholarship named for Telemundo assistant producer hailed as hero in massacre
Jonathan Camuy died a hero, shielding a mother of two from a shooter’s bullets.
Camuy, 25, one of 49 people killed in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, was an NAHJ member who had just started building his career in journalism.
“The NAHJ familia is heartbroken, and offers our condolences to Jonathan’s family in Florida and Puerto Rico,” the organization’s president, Mekahlo Medina, wrote in a statement. “We also have Jonathan’s work family at Telemundo in our thoughts and prayers.”
NAHJ teamed up with Telemundo to launch a new scholarship under Camuy’s name for $1,500.
The scholarship was to be announced for the first time Friday at the Hall of Fame and Honors Luncheon and it will be presented next year during the scholarship application process.
Camuy was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he studied journalism at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo. He went to work for the Telemundo network in Puerto Rico before moving to Florida last year where he was working on Telemundo’s talent show, La Voz Kids.
On its Facebook page, La Voz Kids posted a photo of Camuy as he sat in one of the judges’ chairs. “The family of Telemundo and La Voz Kids deeply regret the loss of Jonathan Camuy, who was part of our production,” the posting reads.
Camuy had also been working on another talent show dubbed “Yo Soy El Artista” and Telemundo Puerto Rico.
Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo enterprises, also offered condolences.
“He was a great assistant producer,” Conde said in a statement. “Jonathan will be missed dearly.”
His friend William Sabad Borges also paid a tribute on Facebook.
“You died like a hero,” Borges wrote. “Jonathan’s body was found protecting my sister-in-law. I love you from here to the sky, where (you) are resting.”