The horrific June 12 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub claimed 50 innocent lives and shook the nation to its core. Who was Eddie Jamoldroy Justice? The 30-year-old accountant was among the Orlando shooting victims and his last texts to his mother are so sad.
In the midst of the frightening events that took place inside Pulse, Justice managed to text his mother from a bathroom inside the venue. “Mommy I love you,” Justice sent to his mother, Mina Justice, at approximately 2:06 a.m., the Associated Press reported. Mina told AP that she was fast asleep when this first text arrived.
“In club they shooting,” Justice typed out and sent to his mother next. After Mina texted Justice asking if he was OK, at 2:07 a.m. Justice responded that he was trapped in the bathroom. Then, at 2:08 a.m., Justice sent his mother the one text no parent ever wants to read: “I’m going to die.”
At this point, Mina told AP, she realized Justice was in danger, so she called 911. Justice was one of the numerous individuals held hostage inside the nightclub bathroom during the horrifying attack. At 2:39 a.m. Justice texted his mother saying, “Call them Mommy. Now.” Minutes later he followed up: “He’s coming. I’m gonna die.”
Mina remembered her son as someone who liked to make people laugh, she told AP.
The caller ID showed the text was from her son Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, a 30-year-old accountant who lived in a luxury high rise in downtown Orlando.
“Mommy I love you,” read the first text at 2:06 a.m. “in club they shooting,” came the second text.
Alarmed but still half asleep, Mina Justice tried calling her son’s phone. But there was no answer.
“U ok,” she texted him.
At 2:07 a.m., he replied: “Trapp in bathroom.”
Wide awake now, Mina was worried. She knew her son was gay and that he frequented gay bars.
She text back, “what club.”
“Pulse… downtown. Call police mommy,” Eddie text her.
Alarmed, Justice called 911.
“I’m calling them now”
“U still in there”
“Answer [your] damn phone”
Finally, at 2:39 a.m., a flurry of panicked texts from Eddie.
“Call them mommy”
“I’m tell I’m bathroom”
“I’m gonna die”
Justice assured Eddie the police were there. She relayed messages to him from 911 dispatch.
“They said stay [there]. Is anybody hurt.”
“Lots. Yes,” he text back at 2:42 a.m.
She asked him which bathroom he was in.
He told her the women’s.
She asked him if he was with the police, but he didn’t respond.
Text me please,” Justice Mom wrote.
“No” he wrote four minutes later. “Still here in bathroom. He has us. They need to come get us.”
“Hurry,” Eddie wrote. “He’s in the bathroom with us.”
She asked, “Is the man in the bathroom wit u?”.
According to witnesses, Mateen asked the hostages for their race and religion.
At 2:50 a.m., Eddie sent a chilling text: “He’s a [terrorist].”
Then one final text from Eddie: “Yes.”
At 5:00 a.m. 11 members of an elite tactical S.W.A.T. team drove an armored vehicle through a cement block wall and into the club.
Mateen fired on them. They returned fire, killing him instantly. 30 hostages were rescued from the club’s bathrooms.