Eddie Justice, one of the many victims of the Orlando shooting on Sunday, June 12, sent his mother a series of heartbreaking text messages as the shooting occurred. Justice’s mother, Mina, shared those messages with the Associated Press.
The first message, sent a 2:06 a.m., simply reads, “Mommy I love you.”
That message was followed up with another, though, that reads, “In club. They shooting.”
Naturally afraid and confused, Mina then tried to call her son, but he did not answer, so she sent him another text asking if he was okay. Eddie’s reply was, “Trapp in bathroom. Pulse. Downtown. Call police.”
A minute after that text was sent, Eddie sent another at 2:08 saying, “I’m gonna die.”
Mina then dialed 911 and sent several texts to her son:
“I’m calling them now.
U still in there
Answer our damn phone
At 2:39 a.m., thirty minutes from when she’d last heard from him, Eddie finally responded to Mina’s messages, saying:
“Call them mommy
He then wrote that he was in the bathroom and that “He’s coming.”
Eddie then added, “I’m gonna die.”
Mina asked her son if anyone was hurt and which bathroom he was in.
His response: “Lots. Yes.”
Mina then sent several more messages to her asking, asking if he was with the police and begging him to text her back.
Four minutes later, he responded, “No. Still here in bathroom. He has us. They need to come get us.”
At 2:49 a.m., Mina told Eddie that the police were there at the club and to let her know when he saw them.
To this text he responded, “Hurry. He’s in the bathroom with us.”
Mina then asked, “Is the man in the bathroom wit u?”
At 2:50 a.m., Eddie said, “He’s a terror.”
The final text Mina received from her son a minute later read, “Yes.”
Mina waited for over fifteen hours in the nearby Hampton Inn with other families waiting to hear from or about their loved ones. At the time last Sunday night, Mina told the AP, “His name has not come up yet and that’s scary. It’s just …It’s just, I got this feeling. I got a bad feeling.”
A few hours later, still on Sunday night, Eddie’s name was added to the list of the dead. Many more victims’ names have also been released. You can view the list here, last updated Jun 13, 2016 at 11:31 AM EDT.
Eddie Justice worked as an accountant and lived in a condo in downtown Orlando. Mina described her son, saying he “lives in a sky house, like the Jeffersons. He lives rich.”
You can watch Eddie’s mother, Mina, read the final texts she received from her son below, courtesy of AP:
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.