Eddie Jamoldroy Justice: A Tribute to the Orlando Shooting Victim

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Eddie Jamoldor Justice was confirmed dead on Tuesday morning, nearly 24 hours after the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Victims of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando are slowly being identified. One is Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, a 30-year-old accountant from downtown Orlando whose death was confirmed on Tuesday morning.

Eddie’s harrowing final text conversation with his mother has shocked the world. He has been described as a warm, kind soul who always lit up the room with his smile and would give you the shirt off his back.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise money for Eddie’s family during this difficult time.

Here’s everything to know about Eddie Justice.


1. He Hid in the Pulse Bathroom

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Orlando police respond to the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse, where 49 people were killed and 53 injured. (Getty)

During the shooting, Justice hid in the bathroom at Pulse, hoping to avoid the terror unfolding in the rest of the club. Based on text messages he sent, it appears Justice and several other patrons were already wounded by the time they fled to the bathroom.

The shootout between police and Omar Mateen ended up lasting approximately three hours.

For about 45 minutes, Justice and these other patrons were held hostage in the bathroom.


2. He Texted His Mother During the Shooting

Son Sends Text During Shooting: 'I'm Gonna Die'Mina Justice's 30-year-old son Eddie texted her from the Pulse nightclub when the shooting occurred. He said he ran into a bathroom with other patrons to hide and told her to call police. He then texted her: "He's coming, I'm gonna die." (June 12) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress Get updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content – we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress http://www.ap.org/ https://plus.google.com/+AP/ https://www.facebook.com/APNews https://twitter.com/AP2016-06-12T23:09:24.000Z

Shortly after the chaotic scene began to unfold, Eddie reached out to his mother, Mina Justice, via text. She has since shared this horrifying final conversation.

At about 2:06 a.m., Eddie told his mother, “Mommy I love you.” She was asleep at the time but was awoken by her son’s message. She texted back “u ok,” at which point he said, “Trapp in bathroom.”

He then sent, “In club they shooting,” at which point Mina asked Eddie if he was okay. He gave her more details about where he was and what was happening before telling her that he was going to die. Mina then called 911 as her son texted “Call them mommy.”

At one point, Mina called Eddie over the phone and she says she could hear a lot of people crying, according to the New York Post.

When Mina asked him if anyone was hurt, he said, “Lots. Yes.” Police soon arrived at the scene, and so Mina asked her son to tell her when he saw them.

He responded, “Hurry. He’s in the bathroom with us.” Eddie added, “He’s a terror.”

Shortly after, Eddie stopped responding.


3. He Was Confirmed Dead 24 Hours Later

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Mourners gather outside the Stonewall Inn to pay tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. (Getty)

In the hours following her son’s final text message, Mina Justice desperately sought out information, but no one could tell her anything.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Mina and family members arrived at the Orlando Regional Medical Center hoping to find Eddie, but he was not there.

“My son, my son,’’ Mina sobbed while waiting outside the hospital for some sort of information.

Later in the day on Monday, Mina feared her son was one of the 49 deceased.

“His name has not come up yet and that’s scary,” she said. “It’s just…It’s just, I got this feeling. I got a bad feeling.”


4. He Worked as an Accountant in Orlando

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Australians hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting. (Getty)

According to Bustle, Eddie Justice worked as an accountant and lived downtown Orlando, Florida.

His nice condo always impressed his mother, who saw her son as living the high life.

“Lives in a sky house, like the Jeffersons,” she said. “He lives rich.”


5. He Has Been Described as a Very Friendly Person

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Marchers in the 2016 Gay Pride Parade pay tribute to the Orlando victims. (Getty)

Friends and relatives of Eddie say he was a very amicable person who always brought a smile to their faces.

Eddie’s cousin Jeff told the Palm Beach Post that Eddie was “a great dude. He’d give you the shirt off his back. He always brought the life to the party.”

Mina added that her son was someone who liked to make people laugh, according to Bustle. Friends also note that he had a close relationship with his mother.

“Eddie loved his mother and was a momma’s boy at heart,” a Go Fund Me page for Eddie’s family read. “His mom is his best friend.”