Eddie Jamoldroy Justice
The faces and details of more and more loved ones snuffed out by the single worst massacre of LGBT people are coming to light.
On Sunday, the Orlando police began to release details of some of the 49 victims gunned down by 29-year-old Omar Mateen at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The ages of the dead thus far range from 20 to 50, with most in their twenties and thirties – all victims of hate fuelled violence that ended their lives much too soon.
The tragedy was exemplified by Mina Justice who discovered that her son, 30-year-old Eddie, was among those trapped in the club on Sunday morning.
His heartbreaking texts from inside the venue during the shooting captured the public imagination and suggested the horror of what the victims endured.
“Mommy I love you. In club they shooting,” the terrified Eddie, an accountant, texted to his mother.
He continued to communicate with her for about an hour as he hid in the club, writing, “Call them mommy … Now …He’s coming … I’m gonna die.”
He went on to text: “Still here in bathroom. He has us. They need to come get us. Hurry. He’s in the bathroom with us. … He’s a terror.”
When Mina asked him if he was still hiding in the bathroom, he replied with a final text, “Yes”.
The mother’s desperate hope that Eddie may have survived or was among the injured was dashed when it was confirmed that he had been killed.
Eddie and Mina’s story is just one of the tragedies being faced by many families in the US today.
On Monday, Orlando Police said that the official death count from the nightclub shooting was 49 victims. The killer, Omar Mateen, was the 50th fatality.
Below are the names of the dead that have been released so far:
Kimberly Morris, Luis Vielma, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, Eric Ortiz-Rivera, Stanley Almodovar III, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Peter Ommy Gonzalez-Cruz and Edward Sotomayor Jr.
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old