SARASOTA- On the Suncoast, Eddie Sotomayor known as Top Hat Eddie also lost his life at Pulse Night Club.

Over the past year, his friend and former employer Al Ferguson has been healing.

He used to remember the 12th of every month as the date of his friends death But just a couple of months ago, Ferguson’s been focusing on the positive.

Ferguson wants to focus on the good that has happened since.

Eddie met Cuban artist Santiago Hermes while visiting his studio in Cuba about six weeks before the deadly shooting.

Eddie signed the artists’ guest book with hopes of greeting him in Sarasota one day.

Two months after Eddie died; Hermes travel visa to come to Sarasota was approved. Eddie’s wish came true.

On December, Hermes and local artists planned a surprise street play for Ferguson in Cuba as a way to honor Top Hat Eddie.

Ferguson says, he will always remember Eddie but it’s time to move on and remember the good in life.

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Krystel Knowles

Krystel Knowles joined SNN in February of 2016. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelors in Mass Communications and minors in News Editorial and Telecommunication Production. Krystel is trilingual- fluent in Spanish, English and French (and picked up some Portuguese while studying abroad in Brazil).
Krystel started her career in print journalism. She was a correspondent for the St. Pete Times Newspaper, staff writer for Focus Magazine, and head reporter and photographer for South Tampa community news publication. In 2011, she made the switch from print to broadcast journalism. She has since worked as a photojournalist for Fox 35 in Orlando, and also as a photojournalist/multimedia journalist for ABC action news in Tampa.
Although she was born in Tampa, Krystel moved to New Port Beach, California within a few months. She then spent 8 years in Lima, Peru before moving to Miami, Florida. While living in Peru, Krystel danced at the National School of Ballet and sang in a choir.
Her passion for ballet led Krystel to figure skating in 2015. Her other hobbies include: skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and traveling.