Eddie Justice, 30, whose texts to his mum from inside Pulse nightclub in Orlando have been widely published in the wake of this unspeakable tragedy, has been confirmed dead.
His name appeared in the list of victim’s names in the early hours of Monday morning (local time).
The flurry of messages between Eddie and his mum Mina Justice have been widely shared since this story broke, painting a picture of what was happening inside the club.
At 2:06am he wrote: “Mommy I love you. In club they shooting.”
Mina tried calling her son, but there was no answer.
At 2:07am he wrote: “Trapp in bathroom.”
At 2:08am: “I’m gonna die.”
Eddie and Mina continued to message between then and 2:51am. Their final messages are as follows.
[2:49am] Eddie: “Hurry. He’s in the bathroom with us.”
[2:49am] Mina: “Is the man in the bathroom wit u?”
[2:50am] Eddie: “He’s a terror.”
Mina didn’t hear from him again. Hours later she told media: “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.”
And hours after that, Eddie Justice’s name appeared among the victim’s names. A GoFundMe page to raise money for his family and funeral costs has already attracted $4k in donations.
His cousin Mille Grubb Ortiz, who created the page, describes Eddie as “very loving and outgoing and the life of the party.”
“Eddie could walk in and the room would light up,” she wrote. “His smile was as bright as his future. He was also very upfront and outspoken and lived life to the fullest without any regrets. Eddie loved his mother and was a momma’s boy at heart. His mom is his best friend. Eddie has a gentle soul and would give you the shirt off his back.”
The City of Orlando is continuing to update the victims’ names as they identify each one and notify next of kin.
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Photo: Facebook / Jeffery Robinson.