“I’m gonna die.” Son who sent heartbreaking texts to mom during shooting confirmed dead

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ORLANDO – When it was all over and the first of the responders made their way through the cavernous nightclub, feet gingerly stepping over the bloody bodies sprawled all around, they called out, “If you’re alive, raise your hand.”

Around them, the unanswered cell phones of victims chirped incessantly — a soundtrack to a carnage, the likes of which America has never seen.

For three harrowing hours, as the gunman took hostages, they crouched in a dressing room or in the air conditioning vents.

One person hid in the bathroom and said she survived by covering herself with bodies.

Helpless, trapped, shocked and scared, they texted their loved ones, pleading for help.

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, a 30-year-old accountant, sought shelter in the bathroom from where he texted his mom:

Mommy I love you

In the club they shooting

Trapp in the bathroom

Call police

Im gonna die

His mother, Mina Justice, tried to reassure him that she’d called 911 and help was coming:

Calling them now.

U still there?

Answer your phone.

Call me.

Call me.

Justice replied: Call them mommy


Im still in the bathroom

Hes coming

Im going to die

He then went silent. He was among the 50 who didn’t make it.

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  • Patricia Murphy

    This made me cringe. Made me cry. I am literally heartbroken for all concerned. You may not agree with homosexuality, I may not, but those folks are people. They are fellow human beings. Their decisions and actions are between them and God, not them and a terrorist. . My prayers go out for them, their families and friends Something like this is unimaginable. All the fear, the pain, the loss. There is no getting over or past something like this. Not ever. Something as horrendous as this must change the way America is dealing with terrorists. It has to.

  • Gonk

    The victims and their families did not deserve this and neither do any others engages in the particular lifestyle. There is something wrong with the way the Islamists think… I just read a story on foxnews that a woman who reported to the authorities that she was raped is being prosecuted. This is like Bezzaro World on the old Superfriends cartoon.