‘He’s coming. I’m gonna die’: son’s text to mother reveals Orlando shooting terror

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Mina Justice has revealed her anguish after receiving messages from her son when he was trapped inside the Pulse nightclub

A mother of a man missing after the Orlando shootings has revelaed her anguish after receiving terrified texts from her son telling her that he was being held hostage in the clubs bathroom.

Mina Justice was sound asleep when she received the first text from her son, Eddie Justice, who was in the gay nightclub Pulse when a gunman opened fire, leaving 50 dead and more than 50 wounded.

This is the conversation she had over text message with her 30-year-old son:

Mommy I love you, the first message said. It was 2:06am. In club they shooting.

Mina Justice tried calling her son, an accountant, but there was no answer so she texted him to see if he was OK.

At 2:07am he replied: Trapp in bathroom.

After she asked which club, responded: Pulse. Downtown. Call police. Then at 2:08am he said: Im gonna die.

Now wide awake, Justice dialed 911 and sent her son a flurry of texts over the next several minutes.

Im calling them now.
U still in there
Answer our damn phone
Call them
Call me.

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Some of the texts reveived by Mina Justice from her son Eddie. Photograph: AP

Eddie was normally a homebody who liked to eat and work out, Justice said. He liked to make everyone laugh and lived in a condo in downtown Orlando. 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.mam, he responded: Call them mommy. Now.

He wrote that he was in the bathroom.

Hes coming
Im gonna die.

Justice asked her son if anyone was hurt and which bathroom he was in. Lots. Yes, he responded at 2:42am.

When he didnt text back, she sent several more messages. Was he with police? Text me please, she wrote.

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Mina Justice speaks to a reporter about the texts. Photograph: Tamara Lush/AP

No, he wrote four minutes later. Still here in bathroom. He has us. They need to come get us.

At 2:49am, she told him the police were there and to let her know when he saw them.

Hurry, he wrote. Hes in the bathroom with us.

She asked: Is the man in the bathroom wit u?

At 2:50am: Hes a terror.

Then, a final text from her son a minute later: Yes.

Hours after that text, Justice still has not heard from her son. She and a dozen family and friends are at a hotel that has become a staging area for relatives awaiting news.

His name has not come up yet and thats scary. Its just … she said. Its just, I got this feeling. I got a bad feeling.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/13/hes-coming-im-gonna-die-sons-text-to-mother-reveals-orlando-shooting-terror