Orlando shooting reveals parents' fears and anguish
Posted June 20
The Orlando nightclub shooting revealed a parent's worst nightmare.
"Look at these innocent souls calling their moms in their final moments. Look at these moms endlessly searching and hoping and waiting and praying," the website Scary Mommy stated, calling for a stop to the violence in their report of the deadly shooting that claimed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub.
Eddie Justice, a 30-year-old victim of the Orlando nightclub shooting, was able to text his mom one last "I love you" while hiding in the Pulse nightclub's bathroom before he was killed.
"Mommy I love you. I'm gonna die," Eddie Justice texted Mina Justice around 2 a.m. on Sunday. He stopped texting back around 2:51 a.m. after Mina Justice had called 911, according to NBC News.
“It’s just, I got this feeling,” Mina Justice said, according to the New York Daily News, as she waited for her son to text back. “I got a bad feeling.”
According to the Daily News, Mina Justice waited in anguish for hours before her son's name was released on the official list of the dead.
Mina Justice has started a GoFundMe account for her son to help pay for his funeral and burial expenses, according to her Facebook account.
"My world was turned completely upside down. My son was a very fun and loving person to be around and I considered him to be what I call a homebody," Mina Justice said on the GoFundMe page. "My son was murdered in the bathroom he was texting me from. This is every parents worst nightmare!"
Christine Leinonen, another mother of a victim of the nightclub shooting, made an emotional plea after her son, Christopher Leinonen, was found dead in the club, according to ABC News.
"Please, let's all just get along," Leinonen said while gasping for breath, according to ABC News. "We're on this earth for such a short time. Let's try to get rid of the hatred and the violence, please!"
Christine Leinonen found out about the shooting on Sunday at 3 a.m. after a friend of her son posted about it on Facebook. The last words she said to her son were, "I love you Chris," when she called him the night before to inform him of her upcoming surgery, according to ABC News.
According to the Huffington Post, Christine Leinonen said she was proud of her son who won an award for his work in the LGBT community and started the Gay-Straight Alliance at his high school.
One of the top five fears a parent can have is their child being attacked or hurt by stranger, according to the Baby Center. "There are few things as awful to contemplate as your child being hurt in a random attack. Our fears are only intensified by the fact that actual attacks on children get a lot of attention in the media, which can make them seem more common," the Baby Center noted.