Update: Authorities in Orlando have confirmed that Eddie Justice was among those killed by shooter Omar Mateen at the Pulse nightclub during the early morning hours of June 12. He was an account, and lived in downtown Orlando.
In an exchange with his mother, a presumed victim of the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, warned “He’s coming. I’m gonna die.” Eddie Justice, 30, was trapped inside the Orlando “Pulse” gay nightclub were at least 50 people were killed in the pre-dawn hours on Sunday. Christopher’s mother, Mina Justice, told local media that Eddie had frantically texted her from inside the women’s bathroom where he huddled with others seeking refuge from Muslim gunman Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, 29.
In a text, Eddie wrote “Mommy I love you. In the club they shooting.”
Mina Justice responded, “U ok,” to which Eddie wrote back “trapp (sic) in bathroom.”
“Call them momm [sic]. Now. I’m tell I’m bathroom. He’s coming. I’m gonna die.’’ Mina Justice said that Eddie wrote: “he has us, and he’s in here with us.” That was Eddie’s final text. So far, there is no further information reported about Eddie. His mother has not heard from him.
Another mother, Christine Leinonen, sobbed in desperation outside of the Orlando Regional Medical Center as she sought information about her missing son, Christopher. Leinonen told ABC News that the Pulse nightclub was a crime scene and that multiple corpses were inside. “The hospital said there are some bodies at the hospital that came in and they died and they’re not identifiable yet either.” Christopher’s companion was taken to a hospital, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds. It is not clear whether Christopher made it out.
The FBI is actively investigating the incident as a terrorist incident, while some observers have dubbed it a hate crime directed at homosexuals and lesbians. President Barack Obama decried the violence, as did fellow Democrats such as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, while calling for tolerance and further controls on firearms as a stopgap against future massacres.
More than 50 persons were wounded in the attack and taken to area hospitals. Physicians expect that there will be more deaths. Orlando police have released the following names of the dead so far identified: