Eddie Justice, the 30-year-old man who texted his mother by the minute during the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, has been found dead.
Justice was reported by the UK Telegraph as texting his mother while Omar Mateen carried the massacre at the nightclub, calling for help as he hid in the bathroom, before his death.
Mina Justice, his mother, was sound asleep when she received the first text from her son who was in the gay nightclub when a gunman opened fire and slaughtered 50 and wounded more than 50 others.
Here is the conversation she had over text message with her son:
“Mommy I love you,” the first message said. It was 2:06 a.m.
“In club they shooting.”
Mina Justice tried calling her 30-year-old son. No answer.
Alarmed and half awake, she tapped out a response.
At 2:07 a.m., he wrote: “Trapp in bathroom.”
Justice asked what club, and he responded: “Pulse. Downtown. Call police.”
Then at 2:08: “I’m gonna die.”
Now wide awake, Justice dialed 911, sending a flurry of texts over the next several minutes.
“I’m calling them now.”
“U still in there.”
“Answer our damn phone.”
The 911 dispatcher wanted her to stay on the line. She wondered what kind of danger her son was in. He was normally a homebody who liked to eat and work out.
He liked to make everyone laugh. He worked as an accountant and lived in a condo in downtown Orlando.
“Lives in a sky house, like the Jeffersons. He lives rich,” she said.
She knew he was gay and at a club – and all the complications that might entail. Fear surged through her as she waited for his next message.
At 2:39 a.m., he responded:
“Call them mommy. Now,” he wrote that he was in the bathroom.
“He’s coming. I’m gonna die.”
Justice asked her son if anyone was hurt and which bathroom he was in.
“Lots. Yes,” he responded at 2:42 a.m.
When he didn’t text back, she sent several more messages. Was he with police?
“Text me please,” she wrote.
“No,” he wrote four minutes later.
“Still here in bathroom. He has us. They need to come get us.”
At 2:49 a.m., she told him the police were there and to let her know when he saw them.
“Hurry,” he wrote. “He’s in the bathroom with us.”
She asked, “Is the man in the bathroom wit u?”
At 2:50 a.m.: “He’s a terror.”
Then, a final text from her son a minute later: “Yes.”
Islamic State claimed the attack.