Mina Justice is among many of the grieving family members of victims fatally wounded during the Pulse nightclub shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, June 11. Although an overwhelming number of people were awakened this morning with daunting news similar to something most people only witness in nightmares, one woman actually spoke with her son just moments before his untimely death at the hands of the shooter, identified as Omar Mateen.
According to the Daily Mail, Mina Justice has shared the chilling, final text messages she received from her son, 30-year-old Eddie Justice. Apparently, Eddie was partying at the club at the time Mateen opened fire. He was hiding in a bathroom stall while chaos unfolded outside.
He texted his mother so she could call 911. Unfortunately, time wasn’t on Eddie’s side because the gunman was on the move and headed for the bathroom as he continued texting his mother. In one of his final text messages, he even told his mother he would die. Mina Justice received the first text message at 2:06 a.m.
Here’s the full text message conversation Mina Justice had with her son, via Yahoo! News:
“Mommy I love you,” Eddie’s first message read. “In club they shooting.”
When Mina Justice attempted to call her son, she received no answer. The text messages and his failure to answer alarmed her. So, she began rapidly texting back.
“U ok,” Mina asked.
At 2:07 a.m., Eddie texted, “Trapp in bathroom.”
When she asked what club, he responded, “Pulse. Downtown. Call police.”
Then at 2:08: “I’m gonna die.”
Mina was wide awake after reading the chilling text messages. At that moment, she called 911. Over the next few minutes, she sent a flood of text messages with tons of questions.
“I’m calling them now,” Mina texted. “U still in there,” she asked her son.
“Answer our d**n phone,” she demanded.
“Call them,” he replied.
“Call me,” Mina responded.
Mina Justice called the police because her son texted her from the bathroom of pulse, saying he was trapped and... https://t.co/XAJ2z6J4WU— Cameron Kelly (@CamaLama) June 12, 2016
Mina Justice contacted 911 to report the shooting. Eddie’s chilling text messages led to so many unanswered questions at the time. She had no idea if he was okay or if he’d make it out alive. Eddie revealed he was in the bathroom inside the club. She asked her son if anyone had been injured. He admitted many people had been injured.
“He’s coming,” Eddie texted. “I’m gonna die.”
“Lots. Yes,” he replied at 2:42 a.m.
When she texted him again he didn’t respond. Frantic, she sent several more messages. She had no idea whether the gunman had entered the bathroom or if he’d been rescued by police. After four long minutes, he replied and revealed he was still in the bathroom.
“Call them mommy,” Eddie replied.
“Text me please,” she texted.
“No,” he replied four minutes later. “Still here in bathroom. He has us. They need to come get us.”
Mina kept texting and asking questions as her son begged for help.
“Hurry,” he texted. “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, she received a final text message that read, “Yes.” That was the last message her son sent.
As the shootings unfolded, a horror for one mother via text: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mina Justice was sound asle... https://t.co/QEjxvvpdG0— Jackson Pilonetto (@jkfling) June 12, 2016
It has been more than 15 hours since the Pulse nightclub shooting took place, and unfortunately, Mina Justice still has not heard anything else from her son. Although he was not listed among the 50 victims identified, the chilling text messages have led to an eerie sense of foreboding.
As she and her family members wait at a hotel that has been designated for worried family members waiting to be notified about their loved ones, she has admitted that she has a bad feeling about the horrific ordeal. “His name has not come up yet and that’s scary. It’s just…” she paused and patted hear heart. “It’s just, I got this feeling. I got a bad feeling.”
More information about Eddie Justice will be added as it becomes available.
UPDATE: Eddie Jamoldroy Justice was one of the 50 victims confirmed dead during the Pulse nightclub shooting.
[AP Photo/Tamara Lush]